Influenza outbreak

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NPR  Jun 27  Comment 
A CDC advisory panel concluded the nasal spray vaccine is so ineffective that it shouldn't be used by anyone during the 2016-2017 flu season. Until 2015, the spray was the top choice for kids.
NPR  Jun 23  Comment 
A panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against using a needle-free flu vaccine that's popular with pediatricians, parents and children.
MedPage Today  Jun 23  Comment 
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newratings.com  Jun 23  Comment 
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newratings.com  Jun 13  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Valneva announced that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in collaboration with one of its partners has for the first time supplied pre-pandemic influenza vaccines based on Valneva's EB66 cell line. Valneva granted an exclusive...
MedPage Today  May 25  Comment 
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newratings.com  May 24  Comment 
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The Hindu Business Line  May 9  Comment 
The re-surfacing of bird flu or avian influenza (H5N1) in Bidar district of Karnataka has triggered concerns among poultry farm owners in the State and neighbouring Telangana. Confirming the outbreak ...
Forbes  Apr 21  Comment 
Could a health nut fit enough for long flamboyant performances be taken down by influenza in his mid-50s? Many strains of flu are most dangerous to infants and the elderly, but recently the Northern Hemisphere has seen a resurgence of a strain...




 
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Influenza, or the flu, is a common infectious disease, which can be deadly to individuals with compromised immune systems (the very young, the very old, and those with conditions such as AIDS or Cancer). However, occasionally particularly virulent strains of influenza break out that can be threatening on a much larger scale -- such as the flu epidemic of 1918 and, more recently, concerns that H5N1 "Bird Flu" or H1N1 "Swine Flu" could mutate into a highly-infectious and deadly virus. A number of pharmaceutical companies make treatments for the flu and benefit from the fear of a flu outbreak.


  • Roche Pharmaceuticals makes Tamiflu, an antiviral pill to treat the flu. In 2005, amid concerns that bird flu might pose a large threat during the winter flu season, many national governments began stocking up on Tamiflu. Chugai pharmaceuticals sells Tamiflu in Japan.
  • Novartis AG (NVS), through its acquisition of Chiron in 2006, supplies much of the traditional flu vaccine supply to the United States.
  • AstraZeneca (AZN), through recently acquired MedImmune, manufactures 'FluMist', a novel flu vaccine that is delivered via an intranasal spray rather than via an injection.

Companies with treatments for H1N1, or "Swine Flu"

In April 2009, a novel flu virus, known as "Swine Flu" because it was believed to have originated in pigs, started infecting humans. By April 28th, there were 1,300 confirmed cases of the flu, known by its scientific designation H1N1, in Mexico, and a handful in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

According to preliminary test done by the US Center for Disease Control, Roche Pharmaceuticals (RHHBY)'s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)'s Relenza are active against H1N1, although many older drugs are not. [1]

References

  1. Investors buy up shares of flu drug makers, New York Times, April 27th 2009.
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