Pointing to a growing demand for seasonal flu vaccines in Japan, Takeda has signed on with the Chemo-Sero Therapeutic Research Institute (Kaketsuken) to sell one of the institute's seasonal shots while it continues distribution of another.
Australia's CSL will launch its new global flu vaccine business in early 2016, after it completes its $275 million acquisition of Novartis' flu vaccine unit.
To cap off one of the least effective seasons for flu vaccines in recent memory, vaccine producer GlaxoSmithKline announced the recall of all remaining doses of a quadrivalent, affecting roughly 1.7 million jabs.
Swine flu is making a comeback in India, and with a vengeance. After destroying their existing stocks due to poor demand and short shelf life, Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech will be racing to get their swine flu vaccines back on the market.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services apparently likes what it's seen from a 5-year contract with VaxInnate. Its Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has extended the contract's base period with the flu vaccine maker, a move that allows for the use of $53 million.
Flu vaccine maker Protein Sciences may be abandoning its expansion plans in Connecticut, opting instead to build out its New York-based manufacturing site. But it's not for any of the reasons one might expect.
Heading into this year's flu season, vaccinemakers were hoping to follow up the top-line success they scored last year with quadrivalent rollouts. But with this year's vaccines registering a paltry 23% effectiveness rate this season thanks to a mutated strain, it might be time to make some changes.
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals won its first-ever FDA approval for a new treatment and subsequently saw its shares slide as analysts yawned over its sales potential.
Last year, Sanofi's fourth-quarter flu vaccine sales soared on the introduction of a quadrivalent contender, surging more than 94%. Now, looking to keep that growth coming, the company is adding another four-strain shot to the mix.
After last week partially banning Novartis' Fluad, Italian officials now say tests on the flu vaccine show the product is safe.