Nimenrix meningitis vaccine edges closer to the market for GSK

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The European Medicines Agency has recommended approval for GlaxoSmithKline's ($GSK) conjugate vaccine against meningococcal disease in adults and children from the age of 12 months. The active vaccine targets Neisseria meningitidis groups A, C, W-135 and Y. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) said it "considers there to be a favorable benefit-to-risk balance for Nimenrix and therefore recommends the granting of the marketing authorization." Thomas Breuer, senior vice president and head of global vaccine development at GSK, commented: "GSK has over 20 years experience in developing meningococcal vaccines. This positive opinion represents a major milestone in our development program and we look forward to receiving the final decision from the EMA in the coming months." Press release | EMA summary (.pdf)