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  • Brazil Producing Generic Version of Tamiflu

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Pharmaceutical Technology Institute (commonly known by its old name, Farmanguinhos), a subsidiary of the state-run public health entity Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), has started producing capsules of oseltamivir phosphate, the generic version of the marketed by pharma multinational Roche as Tamiflu, for distribution by the Health Ministry (MS) to reference hospitals […]

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    Improving Disease Surveillance in Central America / Mejorar vigilancia epidemiológica en América Central

    Friday, May 1st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB to help boost disease surveillance network in Central America
    The Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and national authorities in Central America, will provide $5 million to strengthen disease surveillance efforts and improve responses to current and future public health emergencies in the isthmus.
    The […]

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    A New System to Deal with International Public Health Threats / Un nuevo sistema para responder a las amenazas a la salud pública mundial

    Friday, June 15th, 2007

    Today is the day that the new International Health Regulations (IHR) take effect.
    If you are not closely involved with public health, you may not know what the IHR are and their importance. [Even some inexperienced public officials might know what they are, but consider them a “big yawn.’] But if you ever are […]

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    Flu Vaccine Technology to Be Transfered to Brazil, Mexico

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO facilitates vaccine technology transfer to developing countries
    As part of a concerted effort to ensure more equitable access to a potential pandemic influenza vaccine, six developing countries are being awarded grants to establish in-country manufacturing capacity for influenza vaccine. The countries are Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Viet Nam.
    Up […]

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    Vaccination Week in LAC

    Monday, April 23rd, 2007

    This week the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is sponsoring the fifth annual “Vaccination Week” (VWA) throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to try to substantially improve the region’s immunization levels and coverage.
    Are you up-to-date on your immunizations?
    Are your kids?
    Are the elderly in your life (aunts, uncles, grandparents, elder friends and colleagues) vaccinated against […]

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