With the Ebola death toll mounting in West Africa, a Phase I trial of GlaxoSmithKline's experimental vaccine for the disease is underway at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Australian nanopatch developer Vaxxas signed on with the World Health Organization this week in an effort to co-opt the company's patch for use with the polio vaccine. The WHO will help fund the research and move it through preclinical and clinical studies as the organization seeks to make polio a thing of the past.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given conditional approval for use of Zoetis' vaccine to combat the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, that has caused havoc in global swine herds, killing an estimated 8 million piglets in the U.S. alone since it was first reported more than a year ago.
Expect more needle-free vaccines to come to market on the heels of the first approval of a needle-free delivery system for the inactivated flu vaccine, market research firm Frost & Sullivan says.
Pfizer's Prevnar 13, the world's best-selling vaccine, scored a big win Wednesday, nabbing a CDC committee nod for universal use in adults over the age of 65. And once payer coverage kicks in, that's a nod that could be worth $2 billion for Pfizer, analysts say--with Merck's Pneumovax getting a boost, too.
Looks like Pfizer's finally getting the vaccines expansion it's been hankering for. The company agreed to pick up Baxter's marketed vaccines portfolio for $635 million, building up its own business as the Illinois healthcare company slims down for a pharma unit spinoff next year.
GlaxoSmithKline is under pressure from not one, but two regulatory bodies to get problems under control at a flu vaccine plant in Canada. After the FDA handed the company a warning letter late last month, Health Canada now says the pharma giant has a month to lay out a plan for resolving issues there.
Researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in California are spearheading an effort to develop the first vaccine for heart disease.
Pfizer and Novartis have been racing to get their meningitis B vaccines to market for years. But as of Tuesday, the contest has never been closer, with both companies submitting approval applications to the FDA. Now, it's up to the agency to decide which shot gets the green light first--and first crack at the wide-open patient pool that comes with it.
The vaccine market has long been dominated by the Big 3--Sanofi, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline--with Pfizer and Novartis trailing the trio on the list of revenue-generators. But things are changing at the top.