FDA accepts approval application for Fluzone Intradermal
SWIFTWATER, Pa. The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application for a flu vaccine administered in the skin.
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines arm of French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis, announced Monday that the FDA had accepted its application for Fluzone Intradermal (influenza virus vaccine). The company expects the FDA to take action on the vaccine in the first half of next year.
Adult vaccinations usually are injected into the muscle via a needle that is 1 in. to 1.5 in., but intradermal vaccinations allow the injection of the vaccine into the dermal layer of the skin with an extremely thin needle that’s 1.5 mm in length.
“Upon FDA licensure, this new formulation of Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone will be the first vaccine available in the U.S. using a novel micro-injection system for intradermal delivery of vaccine,” Sanofi Pasteur president and CEO Wayne Pisano said.
Jewel-Osco celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’
ITASCA, Ill. A Midwest food and drug retailer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community.
Jewel-Osco is holding its signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana” (Taste of Hispanic Heritage), on Sept. 22, and is dedicated to recognizing the continuous efforts and outstanding contributions made by leaders from the civic, business and nonprofit sectors of the community. During the VIP reception, Jewel-Osco will honor three social service agencies for their efforts and their commitment to enriching the Hispanic communities they serve. This year, Jewel-Osco will award a total of $15,000 in grants to Association House, Namaste Charter School and The Resurrection Project. The work of these organizations reflects Jewel-Osco’s pledge to support initiatives that mirror the company’s charitable giving strategy, which focuses on three areas: hunger relief, nutrition education and environmental stewardship, the retailer said.
The event also will highlight the unique flavors and richness of Latin cuisine, by showcasing exclusive dishes developed by culinary students from Chicago’s St. Augustine College.
“We are proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month with an event that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Latino community,” said Jewel-Osco president, Keith Nielsen. “‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’ supports the culinary talent of Hispanic youth and recognizes the exceptional contributions of this community.”
Safeway donates $25K, food and supplies to benefit San Bruno victims
PLEASANTON, Calif. Following a devastating gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Safeway announced it will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the disaster.
Safeway also said it would provide food, supplies and grocery gift cards to families who were impacted. Roughly 80 Safeway stores in the surrounding counties are collecting donations at checkstands for the American Red Cross’ San Bruno relief effort.
Safeway operates 1,712 stores in the United States.