H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: More evidence of gaps in business planning, funding for peramivir, hospital needs tents outside ER

first_imgSurvey finds businesses see flu risk but have planning gapsA survey of 400 companies by the British law firm DLA Piper revealed that about half of them believe they are at high or very high risk for disruptions caused by the next wave of pandemic flu, the Financial Times reported yesterday. About 80% said they were reviewing their continuity plans, but only slightly more than half had communicated the strategies to employees, customers, or suppliers. About 75% said they had no plans to modify employee policies.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ac1bba70-a645-11de-8c92-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1Sep 21 Financial Times storyBioCryst nets federal funding to further peramivir developmentBioCryst said it has received $77.2 million from the US government to continue late-stage development of its intravenous antiviral medication peramivir, Reuters reported yesterday. The company said it has also received a request for proposal to supply the government with between 1,000 and 40,000 courses of the experimental drug, which, if an emergency use authorization is granted, could be used to treat critically ill flu patients.http://www.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUSBNG28445620090921Sep 21 Reuters storyHospital sets up tents to handle flu surgeAuthorities at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Tex., set up tents outside its emergency department to start triaging some patients with less severe flu-like illnesses today, the Austin Statesman reported. The hospital has seen a steady increase in flu patients, and daily numbers over some of the past few days have exceeded 300. The hospital made the decision on Sep 20 to open the tents after 343 patients swamped the hospital.http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/2009/09/22/0922swineflu.htmlSep 22 Austin Statesman storyNew York doctor wins H1N1 video message contestDr. John Clarke of Baldwin, N.Y., won the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2009 H1N1 public service announcement contest, HHS said today. More than 50,000 YouTube viewers voted for Clarke’s video. He will receive a $2,500, and the video will be broadcast on national television. “I want to congratulate Dr. Clarke, the ‘hip hop doc,’ for producing his creative and engaging video. His work will reach millions of Americans this flu season,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/09/20090922a.htmlSep 22 HHS press releaselast_img

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