Fungal meningitis outbreak cases top 300

first_img In 2004 pharmacists in Iowa and Wisconsin told the board that NECC and Cadden, its chief pharmacist, were soliciting out-of-state prescriptions for office use and using an unapproved form, according to the Reuters story. In the same year a Texas pharmacist aired complaints about other products marketed by Cadden. In a separate letter to Cadden’s attorney, the House committee raised concerns about other inspections in 2002 and 2003 that stemmed from an adverse medical event report related to the type of steroid that has been recalled in the current outbreak. Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted new lists of customers who received the recalled steroids from NECC, but it found some technical problems with them and has taken them down. The FDA said it is working to correct the lists and will repost them when the agency can ensure that it is accurate. A congressional committee has also launched a probe of the company. Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to NECC and one of its former owners requesting documents related to the current outbreak and some relating to other investigations that have centered on NECC and related business operations, the committee said in a statement yesterday. When the FDA released the lists yesterday it said the information was from NECC and it couldn’t guarantee its accuracy and completeness, but it was making it available as a way to inform facilities and providers who received recalled shipments. In the letter, they said the patient safety issues are critical, especially since VA medical centers purchased products from NECC and a related company, Ameridose. See also: “Over 250 American patients have become ill including 20 that have died because of contaminated medical products from this one compounding facility,” DeLauro and Bishop wrote. “This type of outbreak should be preventable, and we would hope that private insurance companies will take similar steps to protect their patients.” The new cases push the outbreak total to 308, but no new deaths were reported, the CDC said. Seventeen states are now affected. Besides back pain, the recalled methylprednisolone acetate injections were also used to treat joint problems, and the CDC reported one more joint infection, raising that total to 4. So far no deaths have been attributed to the joint infections. Committee members also raised concerns about how NECC was able to continue distributing bulk supplies of the steroid. In earlier reports, Massachusetts officials said NECC appeared to be operating outside the scope of its license in distributing the steroids. Oct 22 House Energy and Commerce Committee letters In other developments, Reuters reported that documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suggest that the company avoided harsh punishment by regulators in earlier investigations, with problems stretching back to 1999. The committee said it asked Barry Cadden, NECC’s former owner, president, and director of pharmacy, for related documents from his personal e-mail account, after Cadden’s attorney told the committee that Cadden would not comply with its Oct 11 request for outbreak briefings. Oct 23 CDC fungal meningitis outbreak update According to today’s report from Reuters, the Massachusetts pharmacy board in 2004 recommended a 3-year sanction against the company for violating accepted standards for compounding methylprednisolone acetate, the same drug linked to the current outbreak. However, the following year the board agreed to a nondisciplinary settlement, according to Reuters. In other developments, two members of Congress sent a letter to federal health officials on Oct 19 asking them to protect seniors, veterans, and other patients by ensuring the safety of compounded medications, according to an Oct 19 statement from Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. The letter, also signed by Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., was sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki. The steroid drug came from New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass., which is under investigation by federal and state authorities. Oct 23 Reuters story “While we are disappointed that neither you nor anyone else from the NECC could make themselves available to brief committee staff, the committee must proceed with the investigation. We expect that you will cooperate in this matter,” the committee said in its letter. NECC said in a statement yesterday that it has worked with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy to resolve any problems that have been brought to the agency’s attention, Reuters reported. Oct 22 House Energy and Commerce committee statement Oct 22 FDA statement Oct 23, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – Eleven more cases were reported in a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections, including the first patient from Georgia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.last_img read more

Green light for TOG to create new shared space at King’s Cross

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Goliat FPSO Comes to Hammerfest

first_imgEni Norge’s Goliat FPSO has arrived in Hammerfest, Norway, today from South Korea after a 63-day voyage covering 15,608 nautical miles.The cylindrical floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility will now undergo final preparations for the first oil production from the Barents Sea.When the field comes on stream later this summer, Goliat will become the world’s northernmost producing offshore oil field.The platform has been transported using the Dockwise Vanguard, the world’s largest heavy transport vessel. The voyage has been made across the Indian Ocean, around the southern tip of Africa and then north through the Atlantic west of the British Isles.In the fjord outside Hammerfest, the deck of the transport vessel will be submerged to a depth of ten metres, enabling the platform to be floated off into the sea. The facility will then float in its own right and five tugboats will take over the work of moving the 170-metre high structure to Ersvika, south-west of Hammerfest.Once at Ersvika, work to complete final preparations for production will begin. This will include inspections, tests and checks of all systems and equipment. A total of eleven vessels will take part in the in-fjord work phase, which is expected to take between two and three weeks.Following final preparations at Ersvika, the platform will be towed approximately 80 kilometres to the Goliat field location, where it will first be connected to its 14 anchor lines. The umbilicals and risers will be installed and the platform will then be connected to the electrical power cable from the mainland. Finally, the platform and subsea systems will be made ready for production.Goliat is planned to come on stream in mid-2015.Image: Eni Norge/News On Requestlast_img read more

ORE Catapult: ‘Decision tree’ to Help Lower Marine Energy Costs

first_imgA new research project looking at optimum layouts for offshore electrical connections for marine energy farms has developed a ‘decision tree’ to help guide designers and developers towards the most cost effective array configuration for their development.The Optimum Electrical Array Architectures report, produced by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult with support from energy consultancy TNEI, looked at the existing electrical array options available for collecting and transmitting power from offshore marine devices back to shore, and evaluated how certain considerations, such as the choice of device type, size of project, and distance to the connection point dictates the best array architecture for the site.Vicky Coy, Project Manager at ORE Catapult, said: “One of the major challenges the marine industry faces is the design of a cost effective and efficient electrical network to collect and transmit power from multi device wave and tidal arrays to shore.“One solution is to connect each individual device to shore, but for arrays further from shore or with complex landfall conditions, a marine electrical array will need to be designed and built.”“The aim of the project was to identify a preferred marine electrical architecture that can be adopted by as many wave and tidal developments as possible. The final report concludes that currently there is no ‘one size fits all option’ that will suit every project, but using the ‘decision tree’ will help developers decide on the best, and most cost effective, array option for them.”Four existing architecture array options currently available for the connection of large scale marine energy devices were evaluated:Direct connectionStar cluster with surface piercing platformsStar cluster with floating platformsRadial arrays on seabedThe project also identified that a number of technology development opportunities exist to further develop array architectures that will reduce the electrical infrastructure costs of future marine energy farms. ORE Catapult is keen to work with industry to drive forward these development opportunities, and has launched a number of technology innovation challenges in the area of electrical yield architecture.The reports can be downloaded at the following links:Report 1: Landscape Map and Literature ReviewReport 2: Review of SSE Contractor ReportsReport 3: Optimum Electrical Array ArchitecturesImage: JDR Cableslast_img read more

Nurses Day

first_img■ Nurses from Dr Abdurahman day hospital celebrated International Nurses Day on Friday May 12 by stressing their commitment to the community. “I want nurses to know that patient-centred care comes first, and we should not lose sight of our passion and the reason we chose this profession,” said Desiree Marman, a clinical nursing practitioner. Marilyn Stroebel, a nurse with 20 years’ experience, said nurses should be “understanding towards others”, while Staff nurse Liatile Jaji said those entering the service should have empathy for their patients and “be willing to work hard in order to provide quality-patient care”.last_img

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgAlstom booked €2·6bn of orders in Q1 2018-19 between April 1 and June 30, compared to €1·9bn over the same period last year. Group sales were up 14% to €2·0bn, and the backlog on June 30 was €35·5bn, with around 30% being services.Steer Davies Gleave has shortened its name to Steer. ‘With a growing presence across the globe and a broadening portfolio into sectors beyond transport, including health, energy and economic development, we have made the decision to rename’, the company said on July 16. ‘Transport remains at the core of our business, but we are increasingly helping clients maximise opportunity and realise value within this changing landscape.’Foresight Autonomous Holdings has increased its stake to become the largest shareholder in technology company Rail Vision Ltd with 35% of issued and outstanding shares and 34% on a fully diluted basis. ‘We believe that, like in the automotive space, the next step is to provide trains with sensors and processing capabilities, to prevent accidents, reduce downtime, and increase productivity’, said Foresight CEO Haim Siboni. ‘Rail Vision is a leader in cognitive vision systems that detect objects before a train and make real-time decisions. We strongly believe that Rail Vision’s capabilities will become the standard in this market.’CAF has acquired a stake in in Orbital Critical Systems, which supplies safety and security technology for the aerospace and rail industries. One of its main customers is Airbus, and it works with CAF on railway signalling. Orbital has offices in Spain and Germany, 100 staff and annual turnover of €5mOn July 17 Wabtec announced that it would close the Microphor plant in Willits, California by the end of Q1 2019, affecting 18 jobs. Production of sanitation systems for rail and other applications is to be consolidated at the Wabtec site in Greenville, South Carolina, ‘in an effort to better meet common customer demand and achieve manufacturing synergies’. Embedded hardware and onboard system supplier Eurotech has joined public transport IT association ITxPT.last_img read more

Station retail management business to be sold

first_imgITALY: FS Group has selected Altarea Cogedim as the winning bidder for its Centostazioni Retail business, which manages commercial and advertising activities at Milano Porta Garibaldi, Torino Porta Susa, Padova, Roma Ostiense and Napoli Afragola stations.This includes more than 18 000 m2 of retail space at stations used by more than 70 million people/year, with the potential to grow to 26 000 m2 by 2026. ‘We are convinced that through our recognised experience in France in the travel retail sector, we will be able to provide these areas with a new dimension and a new appeal’, said Ludovic Castillo, President of Altarea Commerce, on February 21.The sale is expected to close in March, generating €45m for FS Group in addition to ongoing fees.last_img

Dozens killed, at least 50 injured in Cairo train station fire

first_imgA member of security forces gestures as rescue workers and people gather at the scene after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh At least 25 people were killed and 50 injured when a locomotive smashed into a barrier at Cairo’s main train station on Wednesday, causing an explosion and a fire, state television and witnesses said.A member of security forces gestures as rescue workers and people gather at the scene after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah DalshEyewitness Ibrahim Hussein said: “I saw a man pointing from the locomotive as it entered the platform, and screaming ‘There are no brakes, there are no brakes’ before he jumped out of the locomotive. And I don’t know what happened to him.”Ahmed Abdeltawab said the platform had been crowded with people waiting for another train.“The fire overwhelmed them and they ran while they were on fire until they fell metres from the incident,” he said. “The scene was terrifying.”Several witnesses said they had seen fire coming out of the train’s engine before it crashed, causing an explosion and fires inside the station.The transport ministry suspended all train arrivals and departures at the station and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly says the incident is already under investigation and anyone found responsible held to account. 14 killed and 70 injured in Tunisia Train crash 4 dead, hundreds injured in Pretoria train collision Fire destroys structures near police station in Nairobi Relatedlast_img read more

8 more vehicles for Dominica Police Force

first_img Share The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force now has eight additional vehicles assigned to it.Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore presented the vehicles to Police Chief Daniel Carbon at the Police Training School in Morne Bruce on Friday.“Now the police plays a very important role in the maintenance of law and order and therefore in order to facilitate the work that you do, you’re going to require what I always call the tools of trade,” Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore said.He informed that the eight new vehicles were purchased at “a huge cost”; nine hundred and eighty-six thousand dollars and is “a huge investment in trying times”.Minister Blackmoore is hopeful that the Police Commissioner will develop a policy guideline so as to ensure that the vehicles are properly cared for in light of complaints he has received from members of the public.In April 2016, government handed over three new vehicles to the Police Force.“I’ve been advised that some of the departments to benefit from those vehicles are Marigot, Task Force, and of course the Special Branch among others. But I’ve been advised also you have issues with vehicles, not only Wesley but Salisbury and I’m confident that the Commissioner of Police will ensure that the vehicles are properly deployed,” Minister Blackmoore added.Prime Minister Skerrit indicated that the eight new vehicles were funded entirely through the Citizenship by Investment Program.He reiterated “firm commitment” to ensuring that the country is safe from all forms of threat and that the requisite resources are made available to the police to carry out its legal mandate of keeping the country safe.“We want to ensure always that the police is not left without the resources to carry out its mandate but to say to us there has to be a greater sense of responsibility in the use of property belonging to the state,” Mr Skerrit said.– / 18 LocalNews 8 more vehicles for Dominica Police Force by: Dominica Vibes News – October 21, 2016 658 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Feds tighten belt by cutting agriculture reports

first_imgWhen farmers need to check honey prices so they can decide whether to sell, there’s been a report for that. And when catfish and sheep farmers want to check production in their industries, there’ve been reports for that, too.The U.S. Agriculture Department has kept tabs for decades on a wide range of agricultural industries that generate billions of dollars for the U.S. economy. But that’s about to change, as the agency eliminates some reports and reduces the frequency of others to save millions of dollars in tight budget times.advertisementadvertisement The reports influence the price and supply of many products that end up on American dinner plates. Without them, some farmers say they’ll be left guessing how much to produce and when to sell. Food processors and traders also will have less information when making decisions about buying and selling.South Dakota farmer Richard Adee said he used the annual honey and bee report to decide when to sell his honey. If the February report indicated a large supply nationwide, he’d sell before prices dropped. If the supply was short, he’d hold on to the honey and wait for prices to go up.”It’s really going to limit us to information for making future plans,” said Adee, one of the nation’s largest honey producers. “It’s not good. It’s not good we’re losing that.”Adee Honey Farms, based in Bruce, S.D, provide bees that pollinate crops and produce honey in the Midwest, California and Washington. Adee said he knows something must be done to deal with the federal deficit, but “they’re beating up on agriculture.”A spokeswoman for the USDA division that produces the reports said it didn’t want to cut them but it had to do something to save money. Eliminating or reducing the frequency of 14 crop and livestock reports will save the National Agricultural Statistics Service about $10 million, Sue duPont said. NASS’s $156 million budget was cut in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 and more reductions are expected this year as Congress and the White House aim to trim federal spending.advertisementThe agency based its choices on the reports’ impact on markets and use by other programs that provide assistance to farmers, along with the availability of information from other sources, DuPont said.”It was just tough decisions,” she said.Roger Barlow, executive vice president of Catfish Farmers of America, said the annual report on his industry tells his organization’s 800 members how many millions of tons of catfish are being produced in how many acres of water, how much is being held by processors and what prices are being paid. The information determines prices and guides farmers as they decide to expand or cut back production, he said.”Lots of decisions are made upon this,” Barlow said. “This information is used on a daily basis.”Mississippi is the leading catfish producer according to the latest and last report. But the farmers, who are mostly located in the South, hope NASS with reconsider its decision to dump the report.”I guess we’re just scratching a hole in our heads trying to figure out how we’re going to continue with what we feel is extremely important,” Barlow said.advertisementMost of the information in the reports being cut will still be included in the agricultural census, which is conducted once every five years. The one released in 2013 will reflect the state of farming in 2012.But the lack of annual reports “kind of limits what we have as far as information for making decisions on a year-to-year basis,” said Shane Ellis, a livestock economist at Iowa State University.Farmers in some industries may turn to trade organizations to collect information previously reported by NASS, while those in smaller ones, such as honey and catfish, might be able to get by without the data, he said.”It’s just the nature of the niche marketing in how it tends to be more of a market where everybody knows everybody else. … They have a good idea of where everything is going,” Ellis said.He speculated on the logic behind NASS’s decisions. For example, the agency is cutting its July report on the cattle industry but will keep a similar one in January. Ellis said the agency probably eliminated its sheep and goat report because sheep numbers haven’t changed much in recent years.But Steve Clements, who raises sheep near Philip, South Dakota, said the report would be particularly valuable right now because there’s a short supply of breeding ewes and no one is sure where sheep being shipped from drought-stricken Texas are ending up.”The ones that don’t affect you, you don’t think they need to do, I guess,” he said. PD—AP newswire reportlast_img read more