ASA 10-1, Issue No. 136, February 26, 2010

The CMA: A Waste?

According to the US Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) website: “The U.S. Army's Chemical Materials Agency is the world leader in programs to store, treat, and dispose of chemical weapons safely and effectively.” And the CMA takes credit for securing the chemical weapons from the hands of terrorists. Let’s take a closer look at the US Chem Demil Program that is several billions of dollars over their own budget forecast and a minimum of 18 years behind the schedule the US Army demil program management provided to the US Congress.

The CMA and its predecessors and with its associated demil organizations, including industry partners, do have very outstanding members at the working levels. This fact has been borne out by the excellent safety levels achieved during sensitive demil operations at almost all facilities.

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Summary of Contracts in CBR
or NBC for 2009

by Dr. Barbara Price
Publisher ASA Newsletter

In each issue of the ASA Newsletter, ASA lists the various contracts in CBR (or NBC) that have been awarded in the US, and sometimes in other countries as well. This is an imperfect listing for several reasons. There is no one place that all the contracts are listed and certainly no particular government contracting agency that awards them all. There is often a delay in the contract from when it is announced and actually awarded. Often the award is announced, but final negotiations may take up to six months, so the award may be announced as “not to exceed” with a term of years or as “$ not provided”. There may also be differences in the way the total amount of the contract is expressed. For a five year contract, sometimes the total over the entire five years is announced and sometimes only one year is announced. The awards are often augmented with a contract modification, which may or may not refer to the original contract award.


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Mike Mesa of Meridian Medical Technologies has a personal background of many years working every issue involved with development and fielding of the auto-injector. His experience comes to the fore in this exceptionally interesting paper.

From Battlefield to Backpack: Evolution of the Auto-Injector

by: Mike Mesa


Treating combat injuries in the midst of a chemical weapon attack may seem to be worlds apart from treating allergy-induced anaphylaxis. But both acute medical crises rely on a similar drug delivery device, which allows minimally trained individuals to selfinject potentially life-saving medication when emergency medical care may be absent or remote.
Originally developed for military use by Rodana Research Corporation, Inc., a forerunner of Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc., auto-injectors are designed for the quick administration of a precise dose of medication. The military has used auto-injectors for nearly 50 years to provide combat forces with the antidote for organophosphorous nerve agents, as well as medications for other emergencies. The same auto-injector devices produced for the military have been sent into space and adapted for use in homeland security, acute medical care, and at-home management of chronic illness.


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The Professional Library
CBMTS VIII - Second Announcement
The Draft CBMTS VIII Technical Program


The Swiss BSL-4 - on schedule in pictures


2nd Swiss Microbial Safety Meeting 2010
Medical Management of C&B Casualties
A Disinformation Campaign Continues
RFA: Partnerships for BioDefense 19
RSDecon and the Canadian Government 23

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