HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing

first_imgOct 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Recent US government contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs could lead to the purchase of up to 100,000 doses of each.Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man., has received a contract from the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to supply its anthrax immune globulin (AIG) for preliminary efficacy testing, according to a company news release. The company describes AIG as a hyperimmune product for treating or preventing inhalational anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis.HHS has the next year to decide whether to purchase from 10,000 to 100,000 doses of AIG over three years. If that happens, Cangene must seek Food and Drug Administration approval of the product.HHS has awarded a similar contract to Human Genome Sciences Inc. (HGS) of Rockville, Md. In the first phase of the contract, worth $1.8 million, the company will sell the government 10 grams of ABthrax, a human monoclonal antibody for treating anthrax, the company announced on Oct 3. The government then will have the option to buy up to 100,000 doses of the product within a year.B anthracis is considered a category A bioweapon. Four years ago this month, soon after the Sep 11 attacks, anthrax spores sent through the US mail caused a series of anthrax cases that eventually totaled 22 (11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational). Five patients with inhalational anthrax died. The case has never been solved.See also: CIDRAP anthrax overviewhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/biofacts/index.htmllast_img read more

Sceaux stands out in Arkle list

first_img Willie Mullins’ charge is a general 4-7 chance ahead of the race but he has not scared off many rivals, with the likes of Paul Nicholls’ Vibrato Valtat, the Nicky Henderson-trained Josses Hill and Gordon Elliott’s Clarcam still in the mix. Mullins has extra strings to his bow in Vautour and Adriana Des Mottes, while Mick Channon’s Sgt Reckless is another of the leading home hopes. Melodic Rendezvous finished seventh in the Champion Hurdle last year but may try his Festival luck over fences. God’s Own was a Grade One winner at Punchestown last May and may bid to add a Festival win to his CV. Chris Pea Green, Cold March, Court Minstrel, Dunraven Storm, Sail By The Sea, Smashing, Ted Veale, Three Kingdoms, Top Gamble and Turn Over Sivola are also still in the mix. Hot favourite Un De Sceaux heads a list of 19 horses to stand their ground in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival next Tuesday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

St.Louis Will Be Like Zenica and Stadium Busch Like Bilino Polje

first_imgThe stadium Busch in St.Louis will be completely ready for the soccer spectacle between the national teams of B&H and Argentina, which will be played on the nights of Monday to Tuesday, according to our time.The baseball club St.Louis Cardinals, where the match will take place, made an effort so that the field and stands would be fully ready for the match.Football matches are not held often at this stadium, Thus, for this reason old grass from parts of the fields were replaced, after which new lines will be drawn on the field.Meanwhile, the euphoria of B&H fans who live in USA is growing with each passing hour. For a few days already in St. Louis, symbolic items representing our national team can be bought, and in houses, offices and shops the colors yellow and blue dominate.One of the organizations composed of B&H citizens organized “The Day of Dragons”.Stadium Busch is labeled these days as Bilino Polje by people from B&H living in the USA, and it will be completely full and the majority of stands will be occupied by B&H fans.Around 40.000 B&H fans who live in the USA are expected to attend the match.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more