While seasonal flu shots are already available in many local pharmacies across the country, retail pharmacy chains have begun changing their marketing plans to include new recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Federal officials will use H1N1 funding to speed the process of discovering and developing drugs and vaccines in case of emergency.
Los Angeles Times
By Andrew Zajac, Tribune Washington Bureau
August 20, 2010
Reporting from Washington —
Acknowledging that the development of medical countermeasures against bioterrorism threats and pandemic flu is lagging, federal authorities Thursday announced a $1.9-billion makeover of the system for identifying and manufacturing drugs and vaccines for public health emergencies.
According to FDA documents, HPV infections do not lead to cervical cancer. “Most infections by HPV are short-lived and not associated with cervical cancer,” states an FDA news release dated March 31, 2003. According to another FDA document, the Gardasil vaccine has been found to increase the risk of developing precancerous lesions by more than 44 percent in young women already infected with the HP virus strains used in the vaccine.
July 3-8, 2010
Conclusion: Our data do not provide sufficient evidence to modify existing 3-dose schedules, but suggest that fewer than three doses may provide a high degree of protection against HPV-16/18 infection. Systematic evaluation of one- and two-dose schedules is justified.
TRENTON, N.J. — Merck & Co. said Tuesday it will team up with Sinopharm, a huge Chinese distributor and maker of pharmaceutical and other health products, to market vaccines and potentially other drugs.
Merck facilitated the social construction of the human papillomavirus as a problem needing treatment and successfully positioned Gardasil to be the solution to that problem.
Nicole Elizabeth Wolfe
July 19, 2010
In 2006, Gardasil, the first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to protect women age 9-26 against four strains of HPV, 16, 18, 6, and 11 that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts cases respectively.