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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - Romark Laboratories and Lupin Pharmaceuticals Address Recent Cryptosporidium (Crypto) Outbreak in Tennessee [Health & Beauty Close - Up] - March 17, 2018

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 8/6/15 - Romark Laboratories and Lupin Pharmaceuticals Address Recent Cryptosporidium (Crypto) Outbreak in Tennessee [Health & Beauty Close - Up]

Two pharmaceutical companies responded to an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), a foodborne illness associated with raw dairy products, in Hamilton County, Tennessee.

Romark Laboratories is a Tampa-based pharmaceutical company committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecules for treating infectious diseases, and Lupin Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company with a portfolio of generic and branded medicines, including pediatric-branded solutions that treat infectious diseases.

Crypto is an invisible threat that can make an infected person very sick. The most common symptom of parasitic infection is diarrhea, which is contagious and can last two to three weeks if left untreated. With treatment, the symptoms may lessen and disappear within four days.

"It is important for Tennessee residents to know that they can seek treatment and that they do not need to suffer waiting for Crypto to run its course," said Jean-Francois Rossignol, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., M.D., FRCPath, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at Romark Laboratories. "The outbreaks in Hamilton County remind us that Crypto is not just a third world problem. If you suspect you or someone you know has Crypto the most important thing you can do is see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment."

To eliminate risk of infection, the Tennessee Department of Health suggests consumers read the labels of all milk and cheese products and only buy those that have been pasteurized. Pasteurization kills harmful bacteria by heating milk for a specified period of time and is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as one of the great public health achievements of the 20th century.

Steven J. Czinn, M.D., Professor and Chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, believes that proper education about parasitic infections is critical.

"What's concerning is that people may not be aware of the severity of Crypto parasitic infections," said Dr. Czinn. "Patients as well as medical care providers have a responsibility to treat parasitic infections properly."

Romark Laboratories is a vertically integrated biopharmaceutical company committed to the discovery and development of small molecule drugs for treating infectious diseases and cancers.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to delivering generic medicines and branded formulations trusted by healthcare professionals and patients across geographies.

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