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BARDA supports first Project BioShield contract for smallpox drug


Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) today announced a five-year, $433 million contract for late-stage development of an antiviral drug to treat individuals infected with smallpox. The contract with SIGA Technologies Inc., of New York City also includes procurement of 1.7 million treatment courses of the drug, ST-246, within five years.

Today's contract is the first for smallpox antiviral drug development to be supported through Project BioShield, managed by BARDA within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

The contract supports the final stages of ST-246 drug development needed to apply for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, including the development of techniques for scale-up manufacturing, a Phase III safety study which tests the drug in a large number of healthy human volunteers to be sure there are no adverse reactions to the drug, and studies in animals to demonstrate product efficacy.

Under the contract, the company also will develop a pediatric oral formulation of the drug, in compliance with requirements of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006.

Project BioShield, as amended by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, provides additional and more flexible authorities and funding to support and expedite the development and acquisition of medical countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.

The work that will take place under this contract will build upon the initial drug research and development supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the U.S. Department of Defense. This initial work, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with World Health Organization assent, demonstrated effectiveness against the live variola virus, which causes smallpox. ST-246 is the first antiviral drug to transition from such support to BARDA for to continued development onward to ward acquisition and regulatory approval licensure under the Project BioShield Act of 2004.

"Today's contract represents an important milestone in the path from discovery to approval of a medical countermeasure against a potentially deadly bioterrorism threat," said Dr. Robin Robinson, deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response and BARDA director. "Adding antiviral drugs to the health care provider' .....
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Postal Service Announces Top Dog Attack Cities Medical, Animal Behavior, Insurance Communities, Promote Dog Bite Prevention Week

Thu, May 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





HOUSTON - The Postal Service released statistics today highlighting the cities where the most dog attacks occur nationwide. Houston tops the list with 62 letter carriers attacked in 2010. Nationwide last year, 5,669 postal employees ..... 
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Minnesota Department of Health to announce Drinking Water Annual Report at new St. Peter Water Treatment Plant

Tue, May 3rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Event:

Press conference to announce Minnesota Department of Health drinking water annual report and results of monitoring from 2010.

Time/Location:

Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.

Broadway Avenue Water Treatment Plan ..... 
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State's largest walleye lakes test 'clean' for PFCs in fish

Mon, May 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Fish taken in 2010 from nine of Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes had levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that were either very low or undetectable, suggesting those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals ..... 
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Highway 43 construction in Fillmore and Winona counties begins May 2

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 43 between Rushford and Interstate 90 when crews begin resurfacing the road Monday, May 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Flaggers and a pilot c ..... 
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INCREASED ENFORCEMENT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST TEXTING, DRIVER DISTRACTION

Wed, Apr 20th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - Distracted drivers will be the total focus of law enforcement officers statewide on Thursday, April 21. Nearly 400 agencies will increase patrols to ticket drivers who exhibit distracted driving behavior, and as a result, ..... 
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Monitoring for radioactive materials from Japan continues in state

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

As anticipated, routine monitoring by the Minnesota Department of Health has found trace amounts of radioactive material likely from the damaged Japanese nuclear power plants in air samples taken in March from St. Paul and two other locations. The a ..... 
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Guardrail installation scheduled in Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews install guardrail on various highways in Fillmore, County beginning Monday, April 11. Flaggers will control traffic during the lane closures.

Highway Technologies, Inc., is the prime contract ..... 
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Report Finds Air Pollution Harms Minnesota Fish & Wildlife

Thu, Mar 17th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



(Saint Paul) - Local sportsmen called for cleaning up Minnesota's dirty air as the U.S. EPA announces new plans to limit mercury and in response to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The NWF report finds that a number o ..... 
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