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

Spectrum not living up to its ad hype

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Spectrum should be embarrassed for airing commercials boasting how fantastic their service is while managing to meet customers’ needs with low rates.The truth is since taking over for Time Warner, the only thing they have managed to do is force you to purchase more equipment, raise your monthly bill and disrupt reception on many stations. When you try in vain to achieve some answers, you are quickly dismissed by robotic receptionists reading off scripts that frustrate you more and make you realize that Spectrum has us all in a stranglehold and will continue to monopolize our TV viewing.They do nothing positive for longtime, loyal customers while promising new victims a great bundle price to reel you in. They’re hoping you do not look too close at the details that will raise your bill, and after a year you have found yourself in the swirling Spectrum pool like the rest of us with no way out.Doug WallaceScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…last_img read more

We shot ourselves in the foot: Bermuda captain

first_img.. after suffering 2-1 Gold Cup defeat to HaitiSAN JOSE, Costa Rica ( CMC) – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock said his side had only themselves to blame after letting Haiti off the hook in the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Gombey Warriors on Sunday.Debutants Bermuda, the lowest-ranked team in Group B, missed a hatful of chances in the first half before the six-foot, four-inch captain gave his side the lead on the stroke of halftime with a well-placed header.Leverock, 27, a defender who plays for Irish club Sligo Riovers, said afterwards that Bermuda should have gone into the break with more than a one-goal lead.Zeiko Lewis was the main culprit, missing two gilt-edged chances, while Nahki Wells and Lejuan Simmons both wasted good opportunities, before Bermuda faded in the second half,“In the first half, we were on top,” Leverock told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.“We had our chances and at this level you have to take them. The attackers know they have to be scoring those types of chances, but we can’t fault them. They work hard and will win us games.“Some of the guys’ heads are down and it’s up to the leaders in the group to pick them up.”Leverock was pleased with his goal but defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.“To score for my country, in front of my family, is always a good feeling, but I’d rather not score and we win and keep a clean sheet,” he said.“Maybe I’ll look back in a couple of weeks and be proud of myself. Right now, I’m disappointed.”Haiti scored two second-half goals through Frantzdy Pierrot as Bermuda struggled to cope with the searing pace of substitute Derrick Etienne, who swung the momentum in his side’s favour.“They came out very strong and Etienne is a good player and his pace created problems for us,” Leverock added.“Maybe we sat back a bit too much and invited the pressure. Both goals were lapses in concentration.”Lewis, a former team-mate of Etienne’s at Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, echoed Leverock’s sentiments regarding Bermuda’s missed opportunities.“If we had taken our chances, we could have easily won this game,” Lewis said.“It’s always frustrating to miss chances, but we were all encouraging each other to stay positive for the second half.”Bermuda next take on group favourites Costa Rica, who beat Nicaragua 4-0 in their second game, in Frisco, Texas, romorrow.last_img read more

A Bosnian and FIFA Bundesleagua champion wants to become a World champion

first_imgVirtual Bundesliga (VBL) champion, Mirza Jahic, faced to the world champion of the game FIFA 15, August Rosenmeier during the visit to Zurich on the occasion of the Golden ball award. Jahic gave an interview  for FIFA.com page after the match which he lost on penalties.“When they asked me if I want to play a friendly match against the FIWC world champion on the Golden ball award, I did not hesitate for even a second. I want to compete, my goal is to  be the best on the world. It was a great experience for me to play with currently the best, even it was just a friendly match“, said Jahic.24 year-old Mirza is the instructor of self-defense, he currently lives in Austria, where he leads his school of martial arts. When he is not on trainings, he plays FIFA 15. He discovered a “recipe“ through which he became a champion of VBL.“Virtual Bundesliga is the greatest tournament in Germany, and the winner wins the title of best player in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. You have to stay focused all the time and believe in yourself. Germany has a lot of great players. It is very hard to be the best“, said Jahic.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more