jueves, 28 de diciembre de 2017

Tick-borne disease experts needed (Jan. 2 deadline)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Medical Countermeasures Initiative Update

Tick-borne disease experts needed
Nominate an expert or apply by January 2, 2018
HHS seeks highly qualified individuals (federal employees and members of the public) to serve on subcommittees to its new Tick-Borne Disease Working Group.

Subcommittees include:A male adult dog tick (credit:NIAID)
  • Disease Vectors, Surveillance and Prevention
  • Pathogenesis, Transmission, and Treatment
  • Testing and Diagnostics
  • Access to Care Services and Support to Patients
  • Vaccine and Therapeutics
  • Other Tick-Borne Diseases and Co-infections
The primary purpose of the subcommittees is to gather information, conduct research, or analyze relevant issues and facts in preparation for meetings by the Working Group, or to draft position papers for deliberation by the Working Group.

Image: A male adult dog tick (credit: NIAID)
PHEMCE updates
2017-2018 PHEMCE SIP coverThe Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) has released the PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan and the PHEMCE Multiyear Budget. 

The 2017-2018 PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan (PDF, 986 KB) provides the blueprint for the PHEMCE to enhance national security through the development, procurement, and planning for effective use of critical medical countermeasures (MCMs). 

The PHEMCE Multiyear Budget (PDF, 1.8 MB) shows how much HHS agencies are spending or plan to spend over a five-year period to develop, review, and stockpile medical countermeasures.  FDA-specific information begins on page 36.
Zika update for HCT/P establishments
Important Information for Human Cell, Tissue, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Product (HCT/P) Establishments Regarding Zika Virus Transmission in Hidalgo County, Texas

On December 19, 2017, CDC added new epidemiological information on its Blood and Tissue Safety webpageused to communicate epidemiological information about Zika virus (ZIKV) to the blood and tissue collection community. Specifically, CDC reported that local, mosquito-borne transmission of ZIKV began in Hidalgo County, Texas on September 1, 2017.

Related information:
Information for industry More: MCM-Related Guidance by Date
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