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FDA approves Sanofi Pasteur’s Menactra as a booster vaccine

BY Ryan Chavis

SWIFTWATER, Pa. — Sanofi Pasteur announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Menactra [meningococcal (groups A, C, Y and W-135) polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine] as a booster vaccination against meningococcal disease in people ages 15 years through 55 years. Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that affects 800 to 1,200 Americans each year, the company stated. 
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine administration of a meningococcal conjugate vaccine to adolescents ages 11 years through 18 years. The CDC specicially recommends one dose of vaccine at age 11 years or 12 years, with a booster shot at 16 years old to protect teens and young adults during a period when they are at an increased risk for contracting the disease. 
 
"The FDA's approval of the Menactra booster vaccination gives healthcare providers the option to use a meningococcal conjugate vaccine that is approved for both primary and booster immunization, which aligns with the CDC's recommendations for preventing cases of meningococcal meningitis," said David P. Greenberg, M.D., VP, U.S. scientific and medical affairs, Sanofi Pasteur. "With this approval, we hope healthcare providers are reminded to talk to their teen patients and their parents about the CDC's recommendations, ultimately helping to improve booster immunization rates for teens across the country."

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New Tony Ties hair ties take twist on classic combo

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Mia Beauty has incorporated the classic black and white duo into its new Tony Ties.

These no-tug hair ties are great for a quick ponytail, comfortable enough to wear all day and will not leave a crease in your hair, the company stated.

Not only will the new Tony Ties instantly update your ponytail, they even double as bracelets so you always have a hair tie when needed.
 
The new Mia Beauty Tony Ties are available for $7 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Harmon and Ulta Beauty stores.

 

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AmerisourceBergen launches first-ever advertising campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESTERBROOK, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Tuesday launched it’s first-ever comprehensive advertising campaign. AmerisourceBergen’s new campaign graphically illustrates how the company’s diverse range of expertise and skills complement each other to create a strong, dynamic and unified brand. 
 
In addition to sourcing and distribution, AmerisourceBergen provides complementary pharmacy, practice and manufacturer solution services that are highlighted in the campaign for the ways they enhance patient’s lives. 
 
“We’ve created a bold, new way to describe the essence of who we are, what we do and the value we provide to our customers and partners across all aspects of healthcare delivery,” said Steve Collis, president and CEO of AmerisourceBergen. “I’m proud to share the stories of our knowledge, reach and partnership — our core differentiators — and how we are responding to a more consumer-driven healthcare environment as an opportunity to shape healthcare delivery for our customers and for patients around the world.” 
 
The advertising campaign hinges on the concept of mirrored words describing opposite but complementary assets — such as horsepower and brainpower, computers and compassion, hindsight and foresight — that enable AmerisourceBergen to improve product access, increase supply chain efficiency and enhance patient care. 
 
“Our campaign is a natural extension of the creativity and innovation we bring to our customers,” said Gina Clark, chief marketing officer at AmerisourceBergen. “We present these concepts as examples of our dynamic approach and with proven results and solutions, ranging from our global pharmaceutical sourcing capabilities to a self-service tool that eases the lives of hemophilia patients. This campaign gives us a voice to speak about how we work collaboratively every day from clinical trials, to commercialization, to patient support and everything in between. … We believe everyone is a consumer, and we are excited to reintroduce our breadth and depth and our impact on patients to consumers who happen to work in the healthcare industry.” 
 
To learn more about the campaign, visit: www.ItTakesAmerisourceBergen.com.
 

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