HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Vaccine shortage study exposes nations 'patchwork' system

ANN ARBOR, MI An ongoing national shortage of a vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia in children has left doctors scrambling to provide even the minimum number of shots, and has exposed gaps in the nation's "patchwork" vaccine system, the first-ever in-depth study of the problem finds.

Three-quarters of 405 doctors' offices surveyed in 12 states reported problems with consistently getting enough of the potentially life-saving vaccine known as Prevnar, and more than half said they had run out completely at least once in the past year, according to a study in the February 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The survey was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System's Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, who have funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct studies of vaccine issues.

They found great variation among states in availability of Prevnar, or heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Many of the doctors' offices said they had borrowed Prevnar from public stocks reserved for poor and uninsured children in order to vaccinate privately insured children, or vice versa, as their stock ran out.

"For parents, this means that depending on what state you're in, and the source of vaccine for which you are eligible, you may not have been able to protect your child against these preventable, potentially serious diseases," says lead author Gary Freed, M.D., M.P.H., the Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health Delivery in the U-M Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended Prevnar for children under age 2 in mid-2000, after its approval by the Food and Drug Administration that year. The Prevnar shortage began in 2001, and may continue through 2003, due to high demand and manufacturing problems.

In September, 2001, the shortage led the
'"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
4-Feb-2003


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Vaccine against childhood pneumonia shows promise
2. Vaccine may complement conventional treatment for chronic leukaemia
3. Vaccine preparedness, or not
4. Oct. 14 Web cast: Reporters Workshop -- Covering Vaccines & Immunizations
5. Vaccine reduces racial disparity in incidence of childhood pneumonia and meningitis
6. Vaccine nips breast cancer in the bud
7. Vaccine shows promise for kidney cancer
8. Vaccine development against influenza A (h5n1) virus should be made a priority
9. Vaccines against fatal African cattle fever
10. Vaccine development sparks debate on changes to cervical cancer screening guidelines
11. Vaccines prevent cancers of the liver and cervix

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Vaccine shortage study exposes nations patchwork system

(Date:10/31/2014)... Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case ... key player in nearly $13.32 million in federal ... Ohio. , The Centers for Disease Control and ... million over five years. The funds will support ... disseminating individual, environmental, and policy interventions that prevent ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... This Method to get a ... for practitioners. , The Hypopresive (aka Hipopressive) ... and Movement specializing in physical rehabilitation. Dr. Marcel ... reeducation that traditional abdominal exercises after pregnancy increased ... etc. , The Hipopressives exercises pull back in ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery for low back ... in the United States you live, a new report ... low back pain at some point in their lives, ... medical care for a spine problem," co-author Brook Martin, ... Practice, said in a college news release. In ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... out of four older Americans say that either they ... medical treatment, according to the latest issue of The ... Report ( PP&AR ), which goes on to ... they fail to honor patients, end-of-life health care wishes. ... Care: Issues and Options ," features 12 articles that ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... Florida (PRWEB) October 31, 2014 Urban ... the “Company”) today announced it has signed a Binding ... companies in the urban cultivation sector - Urban Cultivator ... Northern Lights”), and W3 Metal Inc. (“W3 Metal” and ... “Target Companies”). Pursuant to the LOI and an ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Case Western Reserve, Cuyahoga County, YMCA of greater Cleveland: Public health grants 2Health News:Case Western Reserve, Cuyahoga County, YMCA of greater Cleveland: Public health grants 3Health News:Super Models and European Celebrities’ Secret Flat Tummy System Comes to America 2Health News:Super Models and European Celebrities’ Secret Flat Tummy System Comes to America 3Health News:Spinal Surgery Varies by Region in U.S.: Study 2Health News:Advance directives can benefit patients, families, and health care system 2Health News:Urban Hydroponics Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Merge with Canadian Hydroponics Companies 2Health News:Urban Hydroponics Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Merge with Canadian Hydroponics Companies 3Health News:Urban Hydroponics Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Merge with Canadian Hydroponics Companies 4Health News:Urban Hydroponics Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Merge with Canadian Hydroponics Companies 5
(Date:10/31/2014)... CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 31, 2014  AbbVie (NYSE: ... for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014. ... strong performance of our business with double-digit growth ... underlying business grew nearly 14 percent in the ... and chief executive officer, AbbVie.  "We exceeded our ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: WX ), a ... the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, with operations ... the United States , today announced the establishment ... Aviv area of Israel.  ... integrated R&D services to local customers. It will also ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... , Oct. 30, 2014  The number of retail ... is growing steadily, thanks to drug store chains, ... result of the economic downturn, retail clinic growth had ... of opportunities, as the number of retail clinics reached ... Retail Clinics Market Overview and 2014 Consumer Survey ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 10AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 11AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 12AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 13AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 14AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 15AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 16AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 17AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 18AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 19AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 20AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 21AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 22AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 23AbbVie Reports Third-Quarter 2014 Financial Results 24WuXi AppTec Launches Representative Office in Israel, Forms Strategic Collaboration with Pontifax 2Report: Drugstore Chains Drive Retail Clinic Growth 2Report: Drugstore Chains Drive Retail Clinic Growth 3
Cached News: