More Americans ingesting drugs in drinking water than thought
NEW YORK At least 46 million Americans ingest pharmaceutical drugs in their tap water, the Associated Press reports.
In March, AP investigated the presence of drugs in drinking water, affecting 41 million Americans. In response to the story, officials in about 27 metropolitan areas launched analyses of their drinking water.
In cities from Reno, Nev., to Savannah, Ga., tests came out positive. Boston, Phoenix, Seattle and five other cities found no traces. By contrast, in Chicago, the water continued a compound derived from nicotine and a cholesterol drug.
At the same time, however, most cities have not checked their supplies, including New York.
UI sues Amgen over patent infringement
IOWA CITY, Iowa A major biotech company has trouble with the University of Iowa.
The university is suing Amgen, alleging that it has knowingly infringed on its patents for several years, specifically in its manufacture of drugs such as the rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis treatment Enbrel (etanercept).
The university is demanding unspecified damages from the Thousand Oaks, Calif., company.
Take Care adds four new vaccines to its program
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has expanded its vaccine program with four new vaccines.
The new vaccination suite includes varicella (chickenpox); measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); pneumococcal (PPV); and human pappilomavirus (HPV).
These vaccinations—in addition to hepatitis B, menactra (meningitis), shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) and tetanus booster (Td)—are now available at all 223 Take Care clinics within Walgreens.
Flu shots will also be available from Oct. 1 through early 2009.
“Vaccinations are the cornerstone of disease prevention and health promotion,” stated Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer at Take Care Health Systems. “Routine immunizations are critical for both children and adults. Adults should ensure they are up to date on recommended vaccines to prevent against common, yet serious, diseases.”