CDC advisory committee recommends expanded age for FluMist approval
WASHINGTON The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that FluMist, a nasal influenza vaccine made by AstraZeneca be allowed for use in healthy children as young as two.
The panel advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine is the only influenza vaccine on the market that is not a shot. The CDC recommends that all children ages six to 59 months be vaccinated annually to protect them against influenza.
The panel’s recommendations are given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for final approval and usually trigger private insurance companies to cover vaccines, even though influenza vaccines usually aren’t covered.
Pharma, biotech companies in line of wildfires
SAN DIEGO With the wildfires still blazing in areas across San Diego, such pharma and biotech companies as Pfizer are preparing for closures and even evacuations of some of their facilities, according to drugresearcher.com.
Pfizer’s La Jolla research and development site is a 33.5-acre campus, with facilities covering more than 1 million square feet, including Pfizer’s vaccines research and The Pfizer Incubator, a new facility where the company is financing life science start-ups. The HIV drug Viracept is produced at the site, as well as new treatments for cancer and diseases of the eye.
Across San Diego County, there are more than 500 life science companies employing more than 36,000 people, according to industry association Biocom. The companies range from small biotechs to some of the biggest names in drug development, such as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen, Biogen Idec, Genentech and Pfizer. Between them, they generate more than $23 million for the economy every day.
Pharmacy OneSource ranks in Deloitte’s top 100
BELLEVUE, Wash. Pharmacy OneSource has been ranked number 84 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America. The company grew 2011 percent in fiscal revenue from 2002-2006, which was the time period used to measure each company’s ranking.
“We enjoy our strong relationship with pharmacy professionals and the opportunity it brings to stay intimate with their needs,” said Keith Streckenbach, chief strategy officer. “This knowledge, combined with excellent hires, has catalyzed our growth.”
Pharmacy OneSource was also ranked sixth on the Washington State Technology Fast 50, which ranks the 50 fastest growing technology firms in Washington State.