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Novartis: We cannot keep shipping Bexsero under investigational license

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Novartis ($NVS) is trying to make its meningitis B vaccine Bexsero widely available in the U.S., instead of just supplying it on an ad hoc basis to tackle outbreaks. Bexsero was given to 5,000 students at Princeton University--and could be given to an additional 20,000 in California--but the Swiss drugmaker wants a more permanent solution for its currently unapproved vaccine. Speaking to investors following fourth quarter results--in which vaccine sales grew 6%--Novartis' vaccine chief Andrin Oswald said "we cannot keep on shipping it just under investigational use." Transcript

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