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Possible botulism reported after cosmetic injections

November 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: ercinbyyl.

first_img The maker of Botox, Allergan Inc. of Irvine, Calif., said Nov 29 that authorities had not been able to confirm that Botox had been administered to the four patients. The company said it was cooperating with federal and state health officials to investigate the cases. Dec 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Four people in Florida and New Jersey who might have been injected with the anti-wrinkle medication Botox are seriously ill with possible botulism, according to news services. Allergan also said only two vials of Botox were shipped to Advanced Integrated Medical Center this year and only one was shipped in the past 6 months. The company reported it had reviewed all manufacturing and quality-assurance processes related to the vials and found no problems. Also, the firm said it had received no reports of adverse events related to the manufacturing lots from which the vials came. The two patients in New Jersey were still connected to ventilators but were conscious and communicating through gestures, the newspaper, citing relatives of the patients, reported today. The stories identified the patients as Bach McComb and Alma “AJ” Hall, both employees at Advanced Integrated Medical Systems. They were hospitalized at Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center. The newspaper described McComb as a physician whose license was suspended by Florida health officials in 2003 after he was charged with trafficking in addictive pain medications. See also: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale said all four patients were on mechanical ventilators. Today the newspaper reported that the two patients in Florida, whom it identified as Eric S. Kaplan and his wife, Bonnie, were in serious but stable condition. Authorities have not confirmed that any of the patients had botulism. A Nov 30 report in the Sun-Sentinel said doctors at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center were treating the two cases there as botulism. The Florida Department of Health (FDH) said it was expecting laboratory tests to clarify the diagnoses later this week, according to the story. Calls to the FDH for more information were not returned in time for this story. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services issued a short statement Nov 29 saying that botulinum toxin poisoning had not been confirmed in the two patients. The statement said Florida health officials were taking the lead in investigating the cases and that New Jersey was cooperating with Florida and the CDC.center_img The Associated Press (AP) reported that a man and woman in their 50s were in critical condition at Palm Beach Gardens (Florida) Medical Center on Nov 28. Dr. Charles Schallop, a neurologist who treated the couple, said they had gone to a Fort Lauderdale clinic called Advanced Integrated Medical Center Nov 24 for Botox injections, according to the AP report. Nov 30 Allergan news releasehttp://agn.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=149490 Two other people were being treated at a hospital in New Jersey for possible botulism, the AP report said. Schallop said the Florida couple reported that the New Jersey patients were at the Florida clinic the same day they were there. Schallop said he suspected all four patients might have fallen ill because of contaminated doses of Botox or some other drug. Botox contains minute amounts of botulinum toxin, which causes muscle paralysis and is the most lethal known substance. The toxin, derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is one of the six biological agents considered most likely to be used by terrorists. Botulism is usually associated with contaminated food, particularly improperly home-canned food. Botox is used to smooth facial wrinkles and to treat certain muscle disorders. The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was investigating exactly what the four patients were injected with and who administered the injections. The newspaper quoted investigators as saying they were considering the possibility that patients were injected with foreign-made imitations of Botox and Myoblock, another anti-wrinkle drug that contains botulinum toxin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was helping with the FDH investigation by conducting lab tests, CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson told CIDRAP News yesterday. CIDRAP overview of botulismlast_img read more

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Innospection Sets Up R&D Facility in Germany

September 28, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwmcftfp.

first_imgAn inspection provider for the global processing industry, Innospection,  has opened its new €3.5 million research and development facility in Germany.The Aberdeen-based company opened the 823m2 office space which includes an additional 1062m2 of workshop space in Stutensee following a 20% growth in turnover between 2016-2017 and securing a number of contracts to develop new inspection tools for oil and gas operators.The facility accommodates the R&D organization which has a team of 30 specialist and includes capabilities for sensor technology design, mechanical design and assembly, electrical engineering and software design.Andreas Boenisch, managing director, said: “Our purpose built, state of the art new facility marks a significant expansion of the business. We have a strong focus and commitment to further developments of advanced, robotic, and integrity support solutions, which our new facility and teams of experienced, specialists will deliver.“We have ambitious growth plans for this year and beyond and our new facility enables us to provide a superior service and more space to take on larger projects which will help us achieve our targets.”last_img read more

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Pollard better choice for WindiesT20 captain than Brathwaite-Richards

September 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nibtjzsrs.

first_imgWEST Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards believes veteran T20 player Kieron Pollard would make a better option for team captain than current skipper Carlos Brathwaite.The 31-year-old Brathwaite was named captain of the squad in 2016, following the controversial dismal of World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy and his heroics against England in the final.The Barbadian has, however, struggled since taking charge of the unit, winning just 11 and losing 17 of his matches in charge of the team for a 36 percent win rate.Despite being out of the squad for a couple of years, Pollard has continued to be one of the game’s most reliable players, recently returning to score 115 in a three-match series against India. The Windies, however, lost the series 3-0.“Given his experience in that format, I would have liked to see Kieron Pollard as the best choice for our T20 captain. But he is not, for there are some reasons for that. During the CPL, he is the best with the bat and his fielding talent,” Richards recently told the India Times.“There is no disrespect to Carlos Brathwaite, but he probably would have been part of the team still. It was a political scenario after Darren Sammy exited the captaincy.Brathwaite is magnificent as an individual and highly competitive, but I know a lot of players in that team who believe Pollard would have been a great choice as captain.” (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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NTIA 2016 – Industry celebrates at award extravaganza

August 17, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on NTIA 2016 – Industry celebrates at award extravaganza | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgNTIA 2016 – Industry celebrates at award extravaganzaNTIA 2016 – Industry celebrates at award extravaganzaCelebrated Saturday 16 July, at The Pavilion Darling Harbour, the Gala Dinner recognised 38 travel industry individual and businesses who have been awarded for their excellence and contribution to the travel industry.Helloworld Limited was awarded Best Travel Agency Group and Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group. Queanbeyan City Travel and Cruise was announced People’s Choice: Retail Travel Agency of the Year and George Hedley was awarded with the 2016 Emirates Travel Consultant Scholarship, to name a few.The full list of 2016 winners is available on the AFTA website.The attending airline sponsors amazed guests with a lavishing of ticket give-aways. Major sponsor Qantas, in partnership with American Airlines, gave two return business class flights. The Star Alliance network of 27 airlines delighted guests with more than 50 prizes in the napkin scratch & win promotion and Beverage Sponsor Air New Zealand wowed guests with an epic give-way; 27 Airlines tickets to celebrate their international flight routes.Tourism Fiji gave guest a warm welcome on the chilly Saturday evening and thanks to EMCEE Sponsor Dubai Tourism, multi-awarding winning journalist and TV personality Anjali Rao steered the proceedings with elegance and grandeur. Acclaimed performer / actor Johnny Ruffo delivered a high energy performance thanks to Express Travel Group and guests celebrations continued into the early hours of the morning thanks to the Singapore Airlines After Party which was held at The Watershed, Darling Harbour.Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive said: “AFTA, together with our valued and important Sponsors are very proud to have once again delivered such a spectacular event.”AFTA congratulates all winners and finalists. AFTAAustralian Federation of Travel AgentsSource = AFTAlast_img read more

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