HHS adds new anthrax drug to national stockpile

first_img Oct 6, 2005 CIDRAP News article “HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing” The HHS had previously awarded Cangene and another company, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., of Rockville, Md., contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs. “Our first line of defense against anthrax is antibiotics,” said HHS assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness Craig Vanderwagen, MD. “While additional studies are underway to determine its efficacy and ultimate role in treatment, AIG may have the potential to provide physicians with a source of human antibodies against the anthrax toxin that could improve the management of patients with the life-threatening toxemia associated with severe anthrax.” B anthracis is classified as a category A bioweapon. Anthrax spores sent through the US mail in the fall of 2001 caused 22 cases of anthrax,11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational. Five patients with the latter form died. The source of the anthrax has never been identified. Jul 28 HHS press release on adding AIG to the national stockpilehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060728.html See also: Jul 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government announced Jul 28 that it will add 10,000 courses of anthrax immune globulin (AIG) to the strategic national stockpile. Toxins produced by the anthrax bacteria are believed to be a major cause of mortality in infected patients. The HHS says AIG is a potentially promising addition to the options physicians have to prevent and treat anthrax infections. In a press release Jul 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it awarded a $143,833,719 contract to Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man. Deliveries of AIG, used to prevent or treat inhalational anthrax cause by Bacillus anthracis, to the stockpile are expected to begin in 2007. Full payment to Cangene hinges on the product being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, the contract permits delivery of the product before FDA approval in an emergency.last_img read more

Wakerley home plenty of space for a big family

first_imgThe home at 24 Ivy Cres, Wakerley.THIS two-storey home in Wakerley was designed with a young family and entertaining in mind. Owner Kate Miles said when the home at 24 Ivy Crescent was built, her must-haves were a swimming pool and space for her five children.“It’s a home with plenty of room,” she said. “Everyone seems to congregate at our place and there’s always space for visiting relatives to stay.” On the ground floor, there is a double lockup garage, laundry, powder room, family room and a study that could be a fifth bedroom. The outdoor area at 24 Ivy Cres, Wakerley.The remaining three bedrooms have built-in robes and the family bathroom has a separate bath and shower. There is also a living area on this floor. Ms Miles said the home was in a beautiful neighbourhood with wonderful neighbours. “We’ll miss the community and the house’s comfortableness and homeliness,” she said.The home is being marketed by Michelle Rodgers and Tamara Hall of McGrath Estate Agents Bayside Manly. The kitchen at 24 Ivy Cres, Wakerley.At the back of the home, there is a rumpus room and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space which opens to an outdoor entertaining area. The open galley-style kitchen has a gas cooktop, electric oven and walk-in pantry. Outside, the entertaining area is close to the inground swimming pool and lawn area — handy for watching the kids while they play. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The pool is constantly being used,” Ms Miles said. “It’s a solar heated pool so we comfortably get eight months a year of swimming.” A living area at 24 Ivy Cres, Wakerley.Upstairs, the master bedroom is a private space with walk-in robe, balcony and ensuite with big shower and dual basins. “I would say my bedroom is my favourite space in the house,” Ms Miles said. “It’s like a sanctuary away from everything else and we have a beautiful city view from our balcony.” The floorplan of 24 Ivy Cres, Wakerley.last_img read more