New flu vaccine gets regulatory nod
A new flu vaccine has secured a regulatory approval and its limited supplies are expected to be available this winter.
Dr. Karen Midthun, a senior official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “This approval represents technological advance in the manufacturing of an influenza vaccine.”
The approval for the flu vaccine came a time during one of the more severe flu seasons, with many Americans rushing to find diminishing supplies of vaccine and spot shortages being reported.
Chief Executive of Protein Sciences, Manon Cox said, “The Company could have about 15,000 doses available for distribution later on during the flu season.”
The small amount of dosage could be useful for those who do not get flu shots because they are allergic to eggs. The timing for the approval was not related to the current flu season, which is moving at a rapid pace.
Flubox has only a protein from the virus and this protein is made by putting the gene for it into a virus that infects insect cells. Those cells are grown in a culture and churn out the protein. Neither eggs nor the live virus are used, though viral genetic information is needed.
The protein-based vaccines have been used to prevent other diseases in the past, but are new to a flu vaccine. Flublok is approved for adults 18 to 49 years old, and it was 44.6% effective against all influenza strains, not just the three contained in the vaccine.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”