Flu shots now open to all; officials fear fake Tamiflu

first_img “Starting today, October 24th, we’re making influenza shots available to everyone,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. “There’s no reason for anyone to delay or go without their seasonal flu shot.” Von Eschenbach announced that the FDA is forming a “rapid response team” of experts to help make sure antiviral drugs are available in the event of a flu pandemic. In early September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recommended that flu shots be reserved for people at risk for serious flu complications until today. (The recommendation did not apply to MedImmune’s live-virus vaccine [FluMist], which is licensed only for healthy people between ages 5 and 49.) Despite some scattered shortages caused by delayed vaccine deliveries, the CDC stuck to that timetable. See also: “Providers in areas with sufficient flu vaccine already should open up their programs to the expanded group of people” not at high risk for complications, she said. She recommended that clinicians who have an ample supply of vaccine inform local public health officers so the latter can help shift surplus doses to providers who need them. CDC officials repeated their estimate that at least 71 million doses of flu vaccine will be available in the United States this season, compared with about 60 million last year, when the loss of 48 million doses expected from Chiron triggered shortages. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said the flu season is just beginning. “We’re seeing very sporadic activity in seven states, and local activity in one state.” Leavitt observed that oseltamivir has been “much in the news” because of the chance that H5N1 avian flu will lead to a human flu pandemic. Many countries, including the United States, are trying to build stockpiles of oseltamivir, but the drug takes a long time to produce. Some localized vaccine shortages have been reported as a result of delayed deliveries, but they are expected to clear up soon, Gerberding said. At a news briefing, officials also warned that the threat of a flu pandemic may spur the sale of fake versions of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). To make sure they get the genuine article, officials said, people should seek the drug through their physician. The best way to avoid fake oseltamivir is to get it from state-licensed pharmacies, said von Eschenbach. “We feel strongly that the best protection for patients is to avail themselves of the drug in the context of a doctor-patient relationship.”center_img He added that people seeking a flu shot should make an appointment, because some providers may not have received their vaccine yet. In a news release issued this afternoon, he said, “Using the Rapid Response Team approach, we believe we could review a complete drug application in six to eight weeks.” Because demand for the drug far exceeds the supply, said Leavitt, “We’re concerned about the threat of counterfeiting of Tamiflu.” The CDC still expects 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 3 million from MedImmune, and 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, said CDC spokeswoman Christina Pearson. She said the agency also expects up to 18 million doses from Chiron, which until last week was projecting 18 million to 26 million. Gerberding said that right now she does not expect a shortage of oseltamivir for use against seasonal flu. “The manufacturer still has several million doses in the pipeline,” she said. “The doses that haven’t been distributed yet exceed the number prescribed last year by a significant amount. At this point there’s no evidence of a shortage that’s going to result in any clinical impact on patients. We’ll monitor that.” Oct 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Seasonal influenza shots are not just for high-risk groups anymore, and everyone interested in a shot should go ahead and seek one out, federal health officials said today. Gerberding said people who experience flu symptoms and have not been vaccinated, especially if they are in a high-risk group, should call their physician promptly to find out if treatment with an antiviral drug would be appropriate. Preventive treatment with an antiviral may be indicated n some cases, such as for people who can’t be vaccinated because of an egg allergy. In response to questions, Leavitt and Andrew von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said they had seen no evidence of counterfeiting to date. But Leavitt said, “It’s a situation that’s ripe for counterfeiting. The WHO [World Health Organization] now indicates that counterfeit drug making is a $34 billion–a-year industry. We’re seeing it in many other instances.” FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108502.htmlast_img read more

Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal, Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers

first_imgCharlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal, Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers Advertisement Comment Young Boys vs Rangers – Thursday, 5.55pm ‘Young Boys have always been a team that can take a scalp or two. Rangers have responded well to their tame performance against Celtic a few weeks back.‘It was a statement of intent at the weekend as they hammered Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. Steven Gerrard’s players are taking his points on board.‘He wants to play with speed, aggression – how he played. Rangers are not a bad side but they will only be getting 45-50 per cent of the ball as opposed to the 70 per cent they get in Scotland.‘Rangers are in a good place and this result would mean an amazing start for them in the competition.’Young Boys 1-1 Rangers Full Screen More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Man Utd and Arsenal are both in action in the Europa League (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has backed Arsenal to secure a convincing victory over Standard Liege in the Europa League and expects Manchester United to beat AZ Alkmaar.Arsenal and Manchester United drew 1-1 in the Premier League on Monday and both will be looking to maintain their perfect record in Europe on Thursday evening.Unai Emery’s Gunners, currently fourth in the top-flight, welcome Belgian side Standard Liege to the Emirates, while United travel to Holland to face AZ.Nicholas is also confident another one of his former clubs, Scottish champions Celtic, will enjoy a successful evening, although he expects Rangers to be held by Young Boys.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Pochettino: It is important to stay together after Bayern defeatTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:54FullscreenPochettino: It is important to stay together after Bayern defeathttps://metro.co.uk/video/pochettino-important-stay-bayern-defeat-2017850/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Solskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flagTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:37FullscreenSolskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flaghttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-says-man-utd-players-affected-linesmans-flag-2016988/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.center_img Unai Emery pre-match press conference for Standard LiegeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:57FullscreenUnai Emery pre-match press conference for Standard Liegehttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-pre-match-press-conference-standard-liege-2018240/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Celtic vs Cluj – Thursday, 8pm ‘Everyone in Glasgow is talking about revenge as Cluj put Celtic out of the Champions League. They made it out to be a fluke, but you cannot lose 4-3 and say it is lucky.‘Cluj are a very clever side – they took on Lazio, who are one of the favourites for the Europa League, and reminded everyone of who they are with a smashing 2-1 win.‘Celtic gained a very good point at Rennes and could have come away with more. The crowd at Celtic Park gives the players another five to 10 per cent and that’s what will be the case here.‘It will not be a rollover, it will be tight but think Celtic will just edge it – it could be late on when the goals come.’Celtic 2-1 Cluj About Connatix V67539 Arsenal vs Standard Liege – Thursday, 8pm ‘This is another game to use the young talent. I would not expect Standard Liege to be great travellers, but they will try to counter-attack.‘When the Arsenal youngsters get a lot of the ball it suits them, that is what they are taught.‘I am expecting a change of goalkeepers and Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin to start. Kieran Tierney didn’t play at Old Trafford so he could be involved.‘Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are busting their gut to make a regular claim for the first team, and a convincing win for Arsenal in the Europa League is a good place to start.’Arsenal 3-0 Standard Liege Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Oct 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link249Shares PLAY 1 min. story AZ Alkmaar vs Manchester United – Thursday, 5.55pm ‘It is a game-by-game situation for Manchester United at the moment. You would normally think Man United would blow these away.‘From his interviews, it seems as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to get something out, and it is probably anger and frustration.‘He can’t do that with the young players as he needs them and they have not let him down but he can’t do it with the older players as they will want to leave if it gets too much.‘What does he do to get more out of them? The confidence seems to have gone and individuals are playing for their own reputation and not the team. Dutch sides are technically good; these will be dangerous and have a go.‘You still would have thought that United would be too strong for them. It will not be inspiring but it will be a very important result for them.’AZ Alkmaar 0-1 Manchester United Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive Nandish Sandhu on Vikas Bahls metoo controversy Everyone was shocked

first_imgThough Super 30 is now been hailed as one of the finest films of the year, one can’t overlook the fair-share of controversies the film went through before its release. International Business Times, India, got in touch with actor Nandish Sandhu, who plays the role of Anand Kumar’s brother Pranav Kumar, in the film.Nandish, who is elated with the response the film has received, feels it’s the final product that is speaking for itself. Nandish believes that even though they had very little time for the promotions and the film received backlash over Hrithik’s ‘accent’ and ‘tan’, people understood the authenticity with which Hrithik played the role.The actor, who has been a well-known face in the television industry, feels it’s just the start for him on the big screen. He is in the process of finalising a few other projects too.Talking about the time when Vikas Bahl’s name cropped up in the #metoo movement, Nandish said, “When the metoo controversy happened, everybody was a little surprised and a little shocked as no one had a clear picture. No one was sure about what had happened and what’s going on. There were all sorts of stories coming from different publications, different people with different versions.””A lot of chaos was there but, it didn’t affect the shoot or the creativity. On the set, the atmosphere remained the same. We were all delved into our own characters. But, yes, there was a lot of confusion about what is right and what is wrong. We were all a bit tensed about whether the controversy would affect the film, what is going to be the future of the project etc. But on the sets, we didn’t come with the baggage as it would all distract us from giving our best. It was a very professional team and we all made sure that this episode doesn’t distract us from what we had set out to deliver. And that’s why the Super 30 magic has been possible,” he added. When we asked Nandish about Hrithik’s decision to stand against Vikas Bahl and asking the producers to take a firm decision, Nandish said, “The stand that Hrithik sir took was absolutely correct and the requirement of the time. I completely stand by that. Postponing the release was the correct thing to do. He has been in the industry for so long, he is the hero of the film, people look upto him. So he had to take a fair stand and it all happened for the good. We got a little more time to work on the film and in the end, the film is doing well and that’s what matters. Our end product is good.”Nandish has also played an important role in Family of Thakurganj, starring Mahie Gill and Jimmy Sheirgill. He is looking forward to more projects in the Hindi film industry and web-shows.last_img read more