Novartis to resume distributing 2 seasonal influenza vaccines in Canada
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc is resuming distribution of two seasonal influenza vaccines in Canada, Fluad® and Agriflu® . This is post announcement by Health Canada earlier today that it has completed review of safety information for Agriflu® and Fluad® and is releasing two vaccines for immediate use.
As a precautionary step, Health Canada has asked Novartis to suspend the distribution of Agriflu® and Fluad® on October 26, 2012.
Health Canada said it looked at the results of its own testing, conducted a health risk assessment and reviewed the information from its European partners as well as data submitted by Novartis in making its decision.
Dr. Allison McGeer, Microbiologist and Infections Disease Consultant at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital said, “This is good news for Canadians who can go with confidence to get their flu vaccination.” Dr. Allison also said, “Our job now as health care professionals is to make sure that any vaccination programs that were interrupted get back on track as quickly as possible, so that Canadians are protected from influenza this season.”
The pharmaceuticals company is anticipating no further interruption for those customers relying on vaccines of Novartis.
John Dorsey, Head, Vaccines and Diagnostics at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada, Inc said, “We have remained confident in the safety and efficacy of our vaccines. We are pleased that Health Canada’s assessment confirms this today and we can resume shipments to customers.” Mr. Dorsey also said, “This resumption of supply will enable healthcare professionals to keep immunizing people against seasonal influenza.”
The Public Health Agency of Canada is now advising healthcare professionals in relation of these vaccines that they can begin to use them once again. The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada will continue working with Novartis to monitor the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines used in Canda.
Novartis Pharma is a leader in healthcare field. It is involved in discovery, development and marketing of innovative products to improve well-being of Canadians. The company invested close to $100 million in research and development in Canada in 2011.
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.”