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.
In a discovery that could put a vaccine for malaria closer in sight, scientists have linked a protein to an essential function in malaria-causing parasites that enables them to escape from inside red blood cells and infect the rest of the body.
When looking for celebrity spokespeople, pharma companies want someone who can deliver a health message as a peer might. And for Sanofi, which is trying to spread the word about the importance of meningitis booster shots--amid lagging sales of its vaccines for the deadly disease--that person is 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer Dara Torres.
According to a new survey, more than two in three mothers have little to no knowledge of the CDC's recommendations for preventing meningococcal meningitis. And if you're a meningitis vaccine maker like Sanofi, that's a troubling statistic
The U.K.'s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) is revising its stance on Novartis' meningitis B vaccine Bexsero. The jab, originally left off Britain's routine vaccination schedule, has gained the JCVI's nod, supplying a needed boost for the Swiss company's flailing vaccine unit.