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Buzz: Novartis mulls selling its vaccine unit as swap deal with Merck stalls

Last week Novartis' vaccine unit posted yet another operating loss, extending its streak in the red to four years. Yet despite its well-known, long-term problems, suitors are reportedly circling the unit, with the potential of Bexsero and Menveo likely to be a factor attracting potential buyers.

Sanofi readies defense as judge rules antitrust lawsuit can proceed

Sanofi Pasteur may find itself in the thick of an antitrust case after a judge ruled that a lawsuit alleging that the company illegally monopolizes the market for meningococcal vaccines in the U.S. can move forward.

Novartis meningitis vax faces tough fight

Novartis ($NVS) saw a setback on its meningitis vaccine Menveo earlier this month, when the FDA unexpectedly rejected a version designed for use in infants.

FDA says no to Novartis' Menveo vax for babies

Novartis ($NVS) has suffered a setback in its effort to expand the use of Menveo, its quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine. The FDA has turned down its application to extend the approval to

Novartis dealt another setback to broader Menveo use

Novartis ($NVS) hit another snag in its quest to broaden use of the meningococcal vaccine Menveo. The FDA has asked for more information on Menveo use in infants, delaying the company's ability to

CDC panel backs additional vax doses

Good news for makers of the meningitis vaccine--sort of. A CDC advisory panel recommended a booster shot for teenagers, effectively doubling the number of shots kids would get--and doubling the

Vax panel votes to add meningitis booster dose

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 6-5 Wednesday to add a booster dose of the meningitis vaccine at age 16. Reuters notes that health officials want to address waning

Study boosts Novartis vax's bid for infant OK

What's the best way to boost sales of a key vaccine? Get it approved for infants, of course. And Novartis is one step closer to doing just that with Menveo, its meningococcal shot. Now approved for

Group wants investigation into Sanofi, Merck contracts

The nonprofit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has sent a letter to the FTC requesting an antitrust investigation into drugmakers that it alleges have offered significant

EC approves Novartis' Menveo conjugate vax

Just a few weeks after gaining an approval from the FDA, Novartis says that officials from the European Commission have provided a continental OK for its meningitis vaccine blockbuster Menveo. Menveo