The U.K. rolled out its meningitis B vaccination program for babies in September, but a petition demanding that it be expanded for all children quickly gathered steam. The Department of Health rejected the petition on Wednesday, saying that offering the jab to all children would not be cost-effective.
In a potential boost to uptake and adherence, Pfizer reported promising data this week on its meningitis B vaccine Trumenba administered along with Menactra and Adacel from Sanofi Pasteur.
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has stopped short of recommending routine meningitis B immunization, leaving the decision to doctors and families whether young adults aged 16 to 23 should be vaccinated. Result? U.S. universities are taking varying approaches when it comes to MenB jabs and their students.
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on Wednesday to expand its recommendation for meningitis B vaccines, but it wasn't the broad recommendation that many were hoping to see.
Pfizer and Novartis officially have a nod from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for their recently approved meningitis B vaccines. Problem is, it doesn't cover nearly as large a population as the pharma giants would like.
After years of pinning its vaccine ambitions on meningitis B shot Bexsero, Novartis' FDA approval is here. But as it prepares to fork over the jab--along with the bulk of its vaccines business--to deal partner GlaxoSmithKline, there are other hurdles in the way of its success--including some new competition from Pfizer.
Earlier this month, U.K. politicians asked Prime Minister David Cameron to explain why Novartis' Bexsero, approved as an addition to the country's childhood immunization schedule 8 months back, had yet to be covered by the National Health Service. Now, Cameron has asked Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to do the same--and Hunt is pointing the finger at the Swiss pharma.
Ongoing price negotiations between the U.K. government and Novartis have so far kept the meningitis B vaccine Bexsero out of the public's reach, and now members of Parliament are asking where it is.
We have a winner. In a two-horse race to grab the first-ever U.S. approval for a meningitis B vaccine, Pfizer has emerged victorious, nabbing the FDA's blessing Wednesday.
What's the value of Novartis' meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, to the U.K.? It's a question the company and the country's government have been debating for months now, unable to come to terms on a reasonable price for the jab. But medical journal The BMJ might have an answer.