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EMA reviews new Sanofi flu vaccine

April 14, 2013

New Drug Approvals

EMA reviews new Sanofi flu vaccine

April 12, 2013

 

Sanofi says that regulators in Europe have started to evaluate its four-in-one influenza vaccine.

The French drugmaker’s Sanofi Pasteur unit announced that a decentralised marketing authorisation application has been accepted for review in the European Union for a quadrivalent formulation of its three-strain seasonal influenza vaccine Vaxigrip. France will act as the reference member state.

Currently-licensed vaccines are trivalent and are formulated every year, based on seasonal recommendations made by the World Health Organisation and national authorities. They contain inactivated strains that confer protection against two influenza A virus subtypes and one type B virus.

However, for over a decade, two distinct influenza B families have co-circulated, Sanofi noted, making it difficult to predict which B-lineage strain will predominate in a country or in a region in seasons to come. The new vaccine includes two A and two B strains corresponding to both of the aforementioned…

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