New Multi-Partner Trust Fund launched to combat antimicrobial resistance globally
Noordwijk, the Netherlands: In a major boost to combat one of the gravest risks to global health, a dedicated funding vehicle allowing partners to devote resources to accelerate global action against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was unveiled at a Ministerial Conference.
The Tripartite – a joint effort by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health... read more
FDA expands approval of treatment for cystic fibrosis to include patients ages 6 and older
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded the indication for Symdeko (a combination of tezacaftor/ivacaftor) tablets for treatment of pediatric patients ages 6 years and older with cystic fibrosis who have certain genetic mutations. Last year, the FDA approved Symdeko to treat patients ages 12 and older who had the same specific genetic mutations.... read more
Expected Shortage of TB Tests Prompts New CDC Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new recommendations for tuberculosis (TB) skin testing in response to the anticipated 3- to 10-month nationwide shortage of Aplisol (Par Pharmaceuticals), a purified-protein derivative (PPD) tuberculin antigen approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tuberculin skin tests (TSTs).... read more
Northeast Congo Insecurity Hampers Response to Measles Outbreak
Insecurity in northeast Congo has hampered a measles vaccination drive and forced people to flee their homes, local responders said on Wednesday, complicating efforts to control the spread of a virus that has killed more people than Ebola this year.
At least 1,500 people have died from measles in Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of 2019, according to health authorities,... read more
Statins Linked to Fewer Strokes after Cancer Radiation
Patients taking statins after radiation therapy for head, neck, or throat cancer, had fewer strokes and a signal for fewer cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events overall as well, a retrospective cohort study found.... read more