Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 352 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Dec-2003
little clear gif used for spacer

Prescribing information: Preven emergency contraceptive kit
The FDA's panel of advisors has recommended that emergency contraception be made available to women in the United States on an over-the-counter basis. The Preven kit consists of emergency contraceptive pills and a pregnancy test. If granted final FDA approval, the contraceptive will be readily available and allow women to prevent a pregnancy from starting if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. There are 5.4 million pregnancies occurring annually in the United States. About half are unintended. Get the prescribing information in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

Information for patients: Birth control guide (failure rates)
Failure Rates in this chart are based on information from clinical trials submitted to the Food and Drug Administration during product reviews. This number represents the percentage of women who become pregnant during the first year of use of a birth control method. For methods that the FDA does not review, such as periodic abstinence, numbers are estimated from published literature. For comparison, about 85 out of 100 sexually active women who wish to become pregnant would be expected to become pregnant in a year. This chart is a summary; it is not intended to be used alone. All product labeling should be followed carefully, and a health-care professional should be consulted for some methods.  more


UK patient may be world's first to contract CJD from blood transfusion
A UK patient who died from CJD may be the first in the world to have caught the illness from a blood transfusion. Health Secretary John Reid said that a patient who received donor blood during an operation in 1997 developed variant CJD and died six years later.  more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan, China
The public health authorities in Taipei have reported to WHO a single case of infection with SARS coronavirus in a senior research scientist. The infection appears to have been acquired in the laboratory. The researcher had earlier travelled to Singapore and became ill the day he returned to Taiwan.  more

Influenza activity further increases and spreads to more countries in northern hemisphere
Influenza activity associated with influenza A(H3N2) viruses continues to rise substantially in some countries in Europe (Finland, France, Norway, Russian Federation and Switzerland ) and North America (the USA), but has declined in Portugal and Spain and in some parts of Canada. In the United Kingdom (UK), the early increase in influenza activity appears to have stabilized, although the trend remains unclear. An increasing trend has also been observed in a number of other European countries (Denmark, Italy and Ukraine) where influenza activity currently remains low. more

little clear gif used for a space