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Approval of U.S.' first anthrax anti-toxin hailed as 'monumental step forward'


By Paul Barr
Posted: December 15, 2012 - 11:15 am ET
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Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary, applauded the Food and Drug Administration's approval of the U.S.' first anthrax anti-toxin.

Lurie called the approval “a monumental step forward” in preparing for the health effects of bioterrorism, in an HHS news release.

The FDA approval of the injectable anti-toxin, developed under the federal government's biodefense program Project Bioshield, will give people exposed to inhaled anthrax a treatment designed to limit the symptoms, according to the release. Antibiotics, which are used to treat the infection, do not limit the symptoms, according to the release.

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The drug, called Raxibacumab, was developed by Human Genome Sciences, a GlaxoSmithKline company, in conjunction with HHS' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, according to the FDA.


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