Fleming Now Seeking Buyers for its ThyroShield Brand,
Contract Services Business and Midwestern Pharma Manufacturing Facility

January 11th, 2012


MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Maccabee or Gwen Chynoweth, 612-337-0087

St. Louis, MO – January 11, 2012 – Fleming Pharmaceuticals announced today that, effective December 22, 2011, it has sold its rights to its branded Ocean®, Nephrocaps®, Magonate® and ProBarimin QT® products to Valeant International (Barbados) SRL (“Valeant”). Valeant has appointed its affiliate, Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, to act as distributor of these products in the U.S.

Fleming also manufactures contract products for a broad customer base, including the federal government. Fleming has retained rights to manufacture and market its widely-known product ThyroShield, one of two FDA-approved potassium iodide medicines used in nuclear emergencies to block the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine to avoid thyroid cancer.  In addition, Fleming has retained its contract services business relating to the development, manufacture and testing for specialty pharmaceutical companies and its physical headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.

Due to the excess capacity anticipated as a result of the sale of the announced four products, Fleming is now considering proposals from a number of pharma manufacturers for its Midwestern manufacturing capability. A private investment banking firm, Douglas Group, St. Louis, has been retained to facilitate consideration of potential merger or sale for the remaining Fleming operations.

For more information, visit www.valeant.com www.flemingpharma.com.




Mysterious Radiation Identified by Nuclear Officials

December 6th, 2011

When the leak was reported originally, there was concern that the source of the radioactive iodine was the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown.

From examiner.com:

The source of a mysterious radiation detected in Europe was unknown until Thursday. Amounts of iodine-131 were detected across Europe including Austria and the Czech Republic. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes that after four weeks of investigation the source is a Hungarian factory producing medical isotopes.

According to Hungarian authorities, who alerted the IAEA, a facility run by The Institute of Isotopes LTD, which is near the Budapest Research Reactor, is most likely the source of the leak. The leak of the iodine-131 is said to have started on September 8 and continued through November 16. This facility supplies several radioactive isotopes used for pharmaceutical, medical, scientific, and industrial projects…

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Fukushima Nuclear Plant Released
Far More Radiation Than Government Said

Global radioactivity data challenge Japanese estimates
for emissions and point to the role of spent fuel pools

October 31st, 2011

The analysis also revealed that if it were not for the wind blowing out to sea, the accident could easily have created a more severe radiation emergency.

From scientificamerican.com:

The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March released far more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed. So concludes a study1 that combines radioactivity data from across the globe to estimate the scale and fate of emissions from the shattered plant.

The study also suggests that, contrary to government claims, pools used to store spent nuclear fuel played a significant part in the release of the long-lived environmental contaminant caesium-137, which could have been prevented by prompt action. The analysis has been posted online for open peer review by the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Andreas Stohl, an atmospheric scientist with the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Kjeller, who led the research, believes that the analysis is the most comprehensive effort yet to understand how much radiation was released from Fukushima Daiichi. “It’s a very valuable contribution,” says Lars-Erik De Geer, an atmospheric modeler with the Swedish Defense Research Agency in Stockholm, who was not involved with the study…

Please click here to read this article in full at scientificamerican.com.


Japan Officials Failed to Hand Out
Radiation Pills in Quake’s Aftermath

September 30th, 2011

Potassium Iodide works by blocking radioactive iodine from entering the thyroid gland.

From online.wsj.com:

Government officials failed to distribute to thousands of people pills that could have minimized radiation risks from the March nuclear accident, government documents show.

The disclosure is the latest evidence of government neglect of emergency procedures in the chaotic days after the disaster, in which an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The Fukushima area and some municipalities surrounding the stricken plant had ample stocks of potassium iodide, like most local communities near nuclear reactors around the world. That is a relatively safe compound that can prevent thyroid cancer, the most common serious outcome of a major nuclear accident.

Government disaster manuals require those communities to wait for the central government to give the order before distributing the pills. Though Japan’s nuclear-safety experts recommended dispensing pills immediately, Tokyo didn’t order pills be given out until five days after the March 11 accident, the documents show…

Please click here to read this article in full at online.wsj.com.


Some IndyCar drivers
wary of heading to Japan

September 16th, 2011

With the race circuit located just 90 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, some drivers taking potassium iodide pills to offset potential radiation intake.

From indystar.com:

Forgive Ryan Hunter-Reay and other Izod IndyCar Series drivers if they’re not sure what to believe about safety concerns in Japan, a country still reeling from earthquake and tsunami damage six months ago.

On one hand there’s Danica Patrick, who last week brought the issue to the forefront with comments during a NASCAR event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. If radiation exposure isn’t a concern, she said, contaminated food is.

On the other hand is Takuma Sato, a Japanese driver who told IndyCar.com from Tokyo there should be “no hesitation” about making the trip to the Twin Ring Motegi circuit even though it’s located just 90 miles from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Then there are MotoGP riders who are concerned and U.S. State Department officials who aren’t. MotoGP postponed its spring race to Oct. 2.

Hunter-Reay said Monday that he is hoping the experts are right…

Please click here to read this article in full at indystar.com.


Quake Renews Call to Enforce Pill Law

September 2nd, 2011

At least 30 members of Congress have asked the Obama White House to “take a fresh look” at the implementation of a law to distribute potassium iodide pills to those living near nuclear power plants.

From online.wsj.com:

It has been nearly a decade since Congress passed a law promoting distribution of pills to people living near nuclear plants that would minimize one potentially lethal effect of accidental radiation exposure. But the law still hasn’t been implemented.

Now, lawmakers and public advocates are once again urging action, citing Tuesday’s earthquake in Virginia and the much larger temblor last March in Japan as evidence that more needs to be done because, in each case, nuclear reactors temporarily lost grid power, a condition that poses the threat of radiation release if reactors overheat and can’t be sufficiently cooled.

In the case of Japan’s quake and tsunami, there was massive damage to reactors, which overheated when electricity was lost for many days, leading to the release of radiation. Virginia’s 5.8-magnitude quake caused the North Anna nuclear power station to trip out of service, but generators kicked in and normal connections were restored within 24 hours.

U.S. law requires the president to authorize the distribution of pills to people living within 20 miles of reactors to protect them against a type of cancer caused by radiation exposure. The pills—containing inexpensive potassium iodide, which is the substance used to iodize common table salt—can prevent thyroid cancer by saturating the thyroid gland with a harmless type of iodine, keeping it from absorbing radioactive iodine that might be inhaled or ingested after a radiation release. Each 65mg pill provides about a day’s worth of protection…

Please click here to read this article in full at online.wsj.com.


Military installs two high-powered
radiation detectors in Japan

August 22nd, 2011

The U.S. military distributed hundreds of thousands of potassium iodide pills and liquid to U.S. personnel and their families following the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

From stripes.com:

The U.S. military can now do in-depth radiation testing and analysis in Japan, though officials say the new capability is only precautionary.

Two high-powered detectors recently installed at the Army public health laboratory at Camp Zama can provide advanced radiation analysis and eliminate the need to send samples to the U.S., officials said.

The new gear enhances the military’s ongoing radiation monitoring program in the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant, sparked by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

All four services in Japan have equipment such as handheld meters to gauge radiation on and around people and objects — basic but critical information in a nuclear crisis.

Much of that equipment was already on hand before the Fukushima incident and was used as part of standard monitoring for radiation and other environmental contaminants.

However, the high-purity germanium detector and the sodium iodide crystal detector now at Camp Zama measure internal radiation on a molecular level, providing more detailed information for determining the extent of possible exposure, officials said. The two detectors cost about $1 million total…

Please click here to read this article in full at stripes.com.