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FDA advisory panel recommends FluMist approval for young children

first_imgMay 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel unanimously agreed Wednesday that FluMist, a nasal spray vaccine against seasonal flu, is safe and effective in children 2 years of age and older.The live-virus vaccine, which is manufactured by Gaithersburg, Maryland–based MedImmune, is already FDA-approved for 5- to 49-year-olds. The company has filed a supplemental biologics licensing application (sBLA) to expand its use to children younger than 5.In a 15-0 decision, the panel of outside experts supported the vaccine’s use for children 2 and older who do not have a history of wheezing. The FDA, which is expected to make a decision by the end of May, is not required to follow the panel’s recommendations.”The question remaining is how the FDA ultimately will rule on children under 2,” said MedImmune’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edward Connor, according to an Associated Press report.The panel voted 9-6 for the vaccine’s safety and benefits for children between 12 to 59 months without wheezing history and 12-3 against using the nasal spray in children between 6 to 23 months, according to a MedImmune press release.”The vote did demonstrate that there is a safety concern among a significant minority of the advisory committee,” Florence Houn, FDA deputy director of the office handling MedImmune’s application, told the Washington Post. “We do have to be careful about this respiratory adverse event profile and make sure we understand it.”A recent international study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed children between 6 and 11 months who received FluMist had more hospitalizations and slightly more wheezing than those who got the standard vaccine, CIDRAP News reported in February. However, the same study, which was conducted in the 2004-2005 flu season, revealed 55% fewer cases of flu in the children who received the FluMist.CIDRAP Medical Director Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends vaccination for children between 6 and 59 months because they have an increased risk for influenza-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Having a vaccine that is not a shot could enhance vaccination rates, Moore said.”It’s more tolerable to younger children,” she noted. “If FluMist is approved for this age-group, it would probably improve compliance to the CDC recommendation.”Currently only injectable inactivated vaccines are available for this group.FluMist vaccine has been on the market since 2003. It is effective against influenza A and B viruses; side-effects of the vaccine based on results from placebo-controlled clinical trials have included runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, and chills.In January, the FDA also approved a refrigerated formulation of FluMist (previous formulations had to be frozen), which will be available for the 2007-2008 flu season, according to MedImmune.British company AstraZeneca is scheduled to acquire MedImmune in June in a $15.6 billion sale.See also:MedImmune Press ReleaseFeb 16, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Large study supports FluMist use in toddlers”2007 New England Journal of Medicine article [Abstract]last_img read more

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London exhibition celebrates Durga Puja as part of UK’s Thames festival

first_imgBy Aditi Khanna London, Sep 7 (PTI) A unique photography exhibition celebrating Durga Puja festivities as part of the UK’s ‘Totally Thames Festival’ has been attracting large crowds in London. The exhibition titled ‘Bengal’s Durga’, produced by the West Bengal government and curated by Ali Pretty and Kamalika Bose, comprises 16 exhibition panels of photography by Manjit Singh Hoonjan to present an insight into the “outpouring of creativity, artistic innovation and cultural celebration” of Durga Puja tradition.For 10 days in autumn, 10 million revellers descend on the state of West Bengal for Durga Puja festivities with its thousands of mega idols, hundreds of themed art installations and processions to the River Hooghly,” an official statement said, in reference to the outdoor exhibition on the South Bank of the river Thames on display until September 30. “We see a Durga Puja transcended from its religious origins to offer a broad canvas that binds communities together through artistic expression, incorporating music, theatre, fashion and food,” it said. The exhibition, which opened on August 18, has been put together by West Bengal’s Department of Tourism in collaboration with British Council, which is marking its 70-year anniversary in India. A delegation, led by West Bengal Minister of State for Sports and Youth Services Laxmi Ratan Shukla and comprising the state’s Principal Secretary of Tourism Atri Bhattacharya, paid a visit to the show on Thursday evening during their ongoing Ireland and UK visit. Shukla said the event reflected efforts to establish collaborations between artists from around the world with those from West Bengal and showcase the state’s “experiential tourism”.advertisement He said, “Durga Puja is a celebration of cultural identity that goes beyond religion. Millions of people come together through tradition, art, performances, music and food. Coincidentally, Durga Puja in its present form traces its origin to interactions with the British in the last 18th century. Our Durga Puja as a festival is unparalleled. There is nothing in the world that compares to it, added Bhattacharya. ‘Totally Thames’ is an annual season of arts and cultural events held in September along the river Thames, curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust. This year’s inclusion of ‘Bengal’s Durga’ exhibition has its roots in the Silk River project by Kinetika Design Studio, a flagship programme as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 to celebrate the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and the Hooghly river. “British Council India has been inspired every day of the last 70 years by the art and culture of West Bengal. I hope this exhibition, which showcases the creativity and culture of Bengal’s river communities, will inspire young people from both India and the UK to build enduring connections through education, arts and culture for the next 70 years,” said Debanjan Chakraborty, British Council Director for East and North East India, who is part of the West Bengal delegation on their UK visit. PTI AK KUNKUNlast_img read more

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