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Compounder tied to meningitis deaths sold large quantities

An outbreak of meningitis that has killed 5 and sickened more than 40 is tied to a steroid manufactured by a company that some suggest operates more like a drug manufacturer than a compounding pharmacy. It also has focused attention on the fact that compounders don't have to meet the same strict FDA regulations that pharmaceutical plants do.

Whooping cough vaccine needs booster, scientists say

With about 26,000 new cases of pertussis recorded so far this year, 2012 has marked the largest outbreak of the disease in the past 50 years, and scientists say more research is needed to find a better vaccine.

University of Oklahoma advances work on West Nile vaccine

In Oklahoma, one of the states hit worst by the West Nile virus this year, researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are working on a vaccine, and the findings have been promising so far.

West Nile virus breaks out in the South

West Nile virus is on the rise in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting the most cases since the virus was first detected in the country in 1999.

Merck's Varivax slashes U.S. chickenpox cases

Chickenpox cases in the United States plummeted almost 80% between 2000 and 2010 in 31 states, a sure sign Merck's varicella vaccine is doing its job.

CDC preps for emerging swine flu strain

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control isn't taking any chances when it comes to swine flu. A new strain of the flu--H3N2--includes an element seen in the H1N1 swine flu pandemic of 2009, so the CDC is preparing a candidate vaccine and clinical trials for later this year.

CDC delivers gift to hep C drugmakers

The recommendation by the CDC that the 70 million U.S. baby boomers all be tested for hepatitis C is a big gift for the newest hep C treatments.

CDC delay could temper adult uptake of Pfizer's Prevnar shot

Pfizer ($PFE) has pinned big hopes on Prevnar 13, the latest version of its vaccine against pneumococcus bacteria.

Adult vaccinations stay low in U.S.

It's understandable that kids don't like getting shots, but you would think that the grown-ups know what's good for them. Not so, perhaps--a recent report from the national Centers for...

CDC group backs Gardasil for routine use in males

Thanks to a CDC committee recommendation, Merck could see a spike in sales of its HPV vaccine Gardasil. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and