Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 45 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Feb-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Feb-2004
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Health groups recommend temporary suspension of pediatric pneumococcal conjugate (Prevnar) vaccine dose
Three major health groups today jointly recommended that healthcare providers temporarily suspend routine use of the fourth dose of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) made the recommendation to conserve vaccine and minimize the likelihood of shortages caused by production and supply problems at Wyeth Vaccines, the only supplier of the vaccine in the United States. more

MMWR notice to readers: Limited supply of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: Suspension of recommendation for fourth dose
In December 2003, CDC reported that Wyeth Vaccines, the only U.S. supplier of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7, marketed as Prevnar), was experiencing production constraints that could cause delays in shipments and was implementing an allocation plan to ensure the equitable distribution of available vaccine. In February 2004, Wyeth advised CDC that production constraints had not been resolved and that supplies will remain limited at least through July 2004.  more

Prescribing information: Prevnar (7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine PCV7)
In preapproval clinical trials, the most frequently reported adverse events associated with Prevnar included injection site reactions, fever (>38ºC/100.4ºF), irritability, drowsiness, restless sleep, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and urticaria-like rash. Risks are associated with all vaccines, including Prevnar®. Hypersensitivity to any vaccine component, including diphtheria toxoid, is a contraindication to its use. Prevnar® does not protect 100% of children vaccinated.  more


Information for patients: CDC vaccination information statemen: Prevnar
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is approved for infants and toddlers. Children who are vaccinated when they are infants will be protected when they are at greatest risk for serious disease. This statement is from CDC and is not the opinion of Vidyya or its editors. more

New data suggests Seroquel improves quality of life in first episode schizophrenia
New data presented at the sixth scientific meeting of the European First Episode Schizophrenia Network, show that patients suffering their first episode of psychosis benefit from significant symptom improvement and enhancement of overall quality of life, when treated with the atypical antipsychotic, Seroquel (quetiapine). more

Prescribing information: Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate)
Seroquel is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia and the short-term treatment of acute manic episodes associated with bipolar I disorder. Patients should be periodically reassessed to determine the need for continued treatment.  more

Database on blood and marrow stem cell transplants now available online
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today launched the first public database of results from clinical blood and marrow stem cell transplants involving unrelated donors. Accessible at, this centralized resource provides genetic as well as age, gender and ethnicity data on more than 1,300 transplant donors and recipients from around the world.  more

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