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First U.S. Zika death reported in Puerto Rico
"A 70-year-old Puerto Rican man died from complications of the Zika virus in February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Puerto Rico Department of Health announced Friday (4/29/16). This is the first time in the United States or territories that Zika infection contributed to a death, the CDC said.
The elderly man, who lived in the San Juan metro area, contracted Zika and was treated for symptoms that lasted less than a week, said Tyler Sharp, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
'"A few days after his recovery, he returned to the hospital with signs of a bleeding disorder and was diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenic purpura, or ITP,' Sharp said."
- By Sandee LaMotte, CNN.
PDSA medical advisor Dr. Michael Tarantino published in The Lancet
The Bleeding & Clotting Disorders Institute (BCDI) is proud to announce that our Medical Director, Dr. Michael Tarantino, is the lead investigator and lead author on an international clinical trial that was published in The Lancet. The abstract describes a study of Nplate® showing reduced rate of bleeding in children affected by immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
- From BCDI Press Release
Voluntary Market Withdrawal – April 21, 2016: Octagam [Immune Globulin Intravenous (human)] 5% Liquid Preparation
DATE NOTIFICATION INITIATED: April 21, 2016
PRODUCT / LOT NUMBER / Expiration:
Octagam [Immune Globulin Intravenous (human)] 5% Liquid Preparation
Lot Number K551A8441
Expiration Date: December 17, 2017
Octapharma USA, Inc.
Effective immediately, Octapharma USA Inc. is initiating a voluntary market withdrawal of Octagam 5% [Immune Globulin Intravenous (human)] 5% Liquid Preparation] that is labeled with lot number K551A8441. Although there have been no reports of serious injury at this time, Octapharma has determined, through consultation with the public health authorities at FDA, the most prudent course of action is to suspend further administration of this Octagam from this production lot.
Customers that received this product from a distributor and not directly from Octapharma, should contact the distributor for return instructions.
"Making the world of ITP a more manageable place to be"
The Platelet Disorder Support Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and other platelet disorders through:
Education • Advocacy • Research • Support
Comprehensive information on conventional therapies usually prescribed for ITP as well as therapies outside of the usual medical mainstream that some patients with ITP have used successfully.
Advocacy helps build awareness and support for ITP and other platelet disorders. Everyone interested in having more people know about ITP, having greater access to treatment, and getting more funding ITP and related diseases can help.
ITP Conference DVDs, free booklets and pamphlets, diet and lifestyle information, PDSA newsletters, journal articles and abstracts, PDSA E-News.