FEMA hosts third emergency-preparedness symposium


The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) recently held its third training symposium, which helps provide specialized training to state and local agencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness hosted the National State Administrative Agency (NSAA) Training Symposium, … Read More »

PATH Act bill’s introduction in Senate praised

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The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) welcomed the introduction of the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act on Monday. The bill aims for a smoother path to regulatory approval for compounds that treat infections from bacteria … Read More »

FDA names members of its Pharmacy Compounding Committee


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the appointment of 14 members to its Pharmacy Compounding Committee today. The expert panel members act as advisers on the technical, medical and scientific issues that may come up in the manufacturing … Read More »

U.S. better prepared for Ebola now


The U.S. has a strong understanding of how Ebola spreads, which helps medical professionals know what to do to prevent more cases and to treat infected patients who come to the country. “In terms of natural introduction, we are very … Read More »

UTMB scientist singled out as Ebola fighters honored


A professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) was spotlighted as one of the Ebola fighters named recently as Time magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year. Thomas Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at UTMB, has been … Read More »

DHS offers cities funds for counter-terror program


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently reached out to governments at the city, state or county level to offer funding to develop counter-terrorism efforts, specifically biological terrorism. They are accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2015. The agency seeks applicants … Read More »

Wilson to head House Intelligence Subcommittee


U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) named Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Thursday to head the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, under the House Armed Services Committee, in the next legislative session. The committee oversees areas in counterterrorism efforts … Read More »

Enanta to end non-biodefense antibiotics program


Enanta Pharmaceuticals said Thursday that it will discontinue development of its antibiotic program for non-biodefense indicators. The company said it would like to pursue other endeavors in treating and diagnosing the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other infectious agents that … Read More »

ASTHO unveils health-preparedness index results

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The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) released the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) on Tuesday in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 35 other development partners. “This year’s index more … Read More »

Merck promotes Julie Gerberding to executive VP role


Dr. Julie Gerberding, president of vaccines at Merck, was named executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health at the health care company on Wednesday. “Julie has been instrumental in making Merck’s vaccines more accessible and … Read More »

Yavapai County relies on communication, symptom tracking to stay prepared


Disease and symptom tracking are critical to the preparedness of Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) in Arizona. To this extent, a strong web of communication between local medical providers, other counties and the state health department keeps YCCHS up-to-date … Read More »

Patient exposed to Ebola to be admitted to NIH Clinical Center


An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone will be admitted to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Clinical Center for observation later today. She will be admitted into the center’s special clinical studies unit … Read More »

Mountain CERT program includes bio-terrorism training


Mountain CERT in California trains residents of Crestline, Green Valley Lake, Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead to assist first responders in emergency situations of all types, including bio-terrorism preparation and response. This is not the case for all CERT programs … Read More »

Global Virus Network elects four board members, appoints two senior advisers


Four new members joined the board of directors and two senior advisers were appointed, according to an announcement by the Global Virus Network on Tuesday. Mary Jane Gallo, Glenda Gray, William Kirwan and Raymond Schinazi will join the board of … Read More »

Donini apponted CSO of Soligenix


Biopharmaceutical company Soligenix, Inc. has appointed Oreola Donini as its new senior vice president and chief scientific officer, the company announced Wednesday. The company specializes in producing products for medical needs that are currently unmet in the areas of oncology, … Read More »