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Disease experts warn against hoarding Tamiflu

first_img IDSA President Martin J. Blaser said in the news release, “It’s important to keep in mind that there is no pandemic right now. Even the H5N1 virus that is currently circulating in Asia and Europe primarily causes a disease affecting birds. There have been very few cases of bird-to-human transmission. Most of those who became sick were in very close contact with poultry.” “The threat of a pandemic to the American people is so low right now that it simply doesn’t justify personal stockpiles of antivirals,” said Leonard Mermel, DO, SCM, president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). “We need this drug to treat sick people who will suffer from human strains of flu this winter.” He made the statement in a joint news release from SHEA and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The statement follows recent reports of people trying to stockpile the antiviral drug for protection in case a flu pandemic erupts. Scores of governments are stockpiling oseltamivir, but supplies are limited and production is slow. Last week the manufacturer, Roche, suspended shipments of the drug to US pharmacies in an effort to prevent hoarding and save supplies for those who will need it for seasonal flu this winter. Oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza), called neuraminidase inhibitors, are the only antiviral drugs considered likely to be of some help if the H5N1 avian flu virus leads to a human flu pandemic. Oct 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two major organizations of infectious disease experts today warned the public against hoarding oseltamivir (Tamiflu), saying the threat of an influenza pandemic is not high enough to warrant it. IDSA-SHEA position statement US officials say they currently have a stockpile of about 2.3 million treatment courses of oseltamivir and expect to have about 2 million more by the end of this year. The government’s current goal is to have enough to treat 20 million people, which is less than 10% of the population. The IDSA advocates storing up enough to treat 25% to 40% of the population. “Given the current shortage of antiviral drugs, institutions should not stockpile drug for prophylaxis of health care workers, as this strategy requires much greater drug supplies than early treatment, and could deplete the reserve necessary for treatment on a national level,” the statement adds.center_img In related news, Canadian pharmacies today stopped cross-border sales of oseltamivir to the United States to allay public concern about the potential for shortages, according to a Bloomberg News report. In announcing the move, the Canadian International Pharmacy Association said there is no evidence of a shortage now, the story said. According to the story, Roche Chairman and Chief Executive Franze Humer said he had discussed the idea with Chinese officials. But reports in Chinese newspapers said Roche had not received any formal proposals from Chinese drug companies to produce the drug, the AP reported. See also: In a position statement also issued today, IDSA and SHEA said, “Personal stockpiling would likely lead to inappropriate use and wastage, as well as foster antiviral drug resistance emergence under some circumstances.” The groups suggested that healthcare facilities consider building a rotating stockpile containing about five times as much oseltamivir and zanamivir as they need in an average flu season, since the shelf life of the two drugs is about 5 years. Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong said Roche has been talking with the Chinese government about the possibility of jointly producing oseltamivir, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.last_img read more

Communication Days in Rovinj are the source of the latest communication trends for the tourism sector

first_imgThe market communication industry is reopening its doors in Rovinj on the Communication Day from March 28 to 31 at the Lone Hotel, which have become an unavoidable event in the world of communications and an opportunity for learning and progress. Tourism and communication in any form are indispensable partners, always have been and always will be. Especially today in the digital age, when communication is never easier, but on the other hand never harder and the noise in communication is never greater. All information about program, registration fees and accommodation can be found at www.danikomunikacija.com. If we care about the strategic development of tourist destinations and tourism in general, we must be present in Rovinj at the Days of Communications, and be at the source of trends and knowledge. center_img Sir Martin Sorrell (Chairman, S4 Capital), founder of multinational marketing giant, WPP and one of the most influential people in the world; winner of the award for the best advertiser in the world Matt Biespiel; digital evangelist Yousef Tuqan Tuqan; ethical hacker Ralph Echemendia; vice president of VICE Media with the title of Star of Tech City Mark Adams; prankster, journalist and author no. 1 fake restaurant in London on Trip Advisor Oobah butler (projects: The Shed, Giorgio Peviani Jeans, fake Oobah); authority in the world of new technologies and AI for brands Yifei Chai and a number of other professionals who are advancing the marketing communications industry on a daily basis are coming to the Communication Days. The latest trends, from artificial intelligence to voice commands (voice) and privacy on the Internet, creativity, innovation, branded content, storytelling and personalization of market communication are just some of the topics you will discuss at the end of March, along with local experts who put Croatia on the map. world and make it recognizable, discuss with global leaders who do not follow trends – but create them.last_img read more