With the U.S. flu shot supply now cut in half, health care providers have been divided into two categories -- those who have it because they ordered the vaccine from drug company Aventis; and those who don't because they ordered from Chiron, which had its manufacturing license suspended by British authorities on Tuesday. While providers in the latter group have canceled clinics and don't expect the situation to change, those who ordered from Aventis will hold clinics, but will reserve the vaccine for people in high risk groups.
About 40% of the nation's AIDS cases in 2002, and 46% of new cases between 2000 and 2002, were reported in the South even though the region is home to only 38% of the population, a report says. HIV is being reported in greater numbers among people living in rural areas and rates are higher among blacks and Latinos.
Xoma's Raptiva, developed in conjunction with Genentech, has been greenlighted by the FDA to treat moderate-to-severe cases of the disease. The decision opens up a new option in a limited field of medications used to treat the condition.