The report this week that Novartis' vaccine and diagnostic operation is one the company's execs might want to unload will not surprise employees at its Emeryville, CA, operation, where four dozen workers on the vaccine side have been given layoff notices.
It offers enough protection to slash the number of cases in infants for a time, a new study shows.
Will a new generation of flu shots pay off big for vaccine makers? We'll soon find out. As Reuters reports, several top drug companies are rolling out vaccines that fight four strains of influenza, rather than the usual three. And they're expecting to sell those vaccines at a big premium.
Sanofi's high-dose formulation of Fluzone scored in a new trial in seniors. The study pitted Fluzone High-Dose against the regular formula and found that the amped-up version offered 24% better protection in patients 65 and older.
GlaxoSmithKline may be suffering through a corruption scandal in China, but that hasn't interfered with its plans to team up with a Chinese company on vaccines. Its talks with potential partners are still on track, Christophe Weber, GSK's vaccines chief, told Bloomberg.
The French drugmaker is believed to have the lead candidate in the race for the badly needed vaccine and is making it known that it has started up production so it can have the potential blockbuster ready to go, assuming it gets approval in the next two years.
Alleged links between vaccines and the nerve-degenerative disorder Guillain-Barré are among vaccine safety fears. A new study shows that any link between them is not strong enough to outweigh the benefits of vaccines.
The experimental immunization stopped working in children by the fourth year after administration, a new study found.
Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have some persuading to do. A growing share of U.S. parents say they won't vaccinate their daughters against human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer. And that leaves Merck's Gardasil and GSK's Cervarix with a shrinking market.
The World Health Organization gave Indian vaccine makers a shot in the arm by approving the industry to supply vaccines to international bodies such as it and UNICEF.