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Talecris Forms Partnership to Co-Promote Life-Saving Rabies Products
Date:6/15/2010

es and a series of rabies vaccines. Concurrent administration of a human rabies immune globulin (HRIG), such as Talecris' HyperRAB S/D, and a rabies vaccine, such as RabAvert, is recommended for both bite and non-bite exposures, regardless of the interval between exposure and initiation of treatment. Together, these therapies provide optimum immune protection against rabies.

In the coming months, both RabAvert and HyperRAB S/D will be made available from novartisvaccinesdirect.com and through a network of preferred wholesalers and distributors.  Both companies' sales teams will promote HyperRAB S/D and RabAvert.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  

About Rabies

The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucination, agitation, hyper-salivation, difficulty swallowing and hydrophobia. Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms. There is no treatment or cure for rabies once symptoms have appeared. The only way to prevent the onset of symptoms is by vaccinating individuals (known as post-exposure prophylaxis) shortly after they have been exposed to rabies. Unless a wild animal is tested and shown not to be rabid, post-exposure prophylaxis should be initiated.  For persons who have never been immunized against rabies, the regimen consists of an initial injection of rabies immune globulin, followed by a series of five doses of rabies vaccine.(1)

Important Safety Information for HyperRAB® S/D

Rabies vaccine and HyperRAB® S/D should be given to all persons suspected of exposure to rabies with
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