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Sanofi ships 1M Dengvaxia doses to Philippines, in talks for 3M more at €20 a dose

Sanofi is moving into 2016 with a head of steam for its Dengvaxia launch, with execs announcing on the company's year-end conference call that the French pharma has delivered its first million doses in the Philippines.

Parents may be misled by inaccurate HPV vaccine websites, report says

A new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that parents looking online for information about HPV vaccines can be misled by websites containing inaccurate or incomplete medical information, Reuters reported.

Merck's Zostavax not cost-effective for those in their 50s: Study

The CDC doesn't currently recommend Merck's shingles vaccine, Zostavax, for those between the ages of 50 and 60. And a new analysis of the vaccine's cost-effectiveness in that population suggests it should stay that way.

Daiichi Sankyo inks deal to market AstraZeneca's FluMist in Japan

Just in time for flu season, AstraZeneca granted Daiichi Sankyo an exclusive license to market its FluMist Quadrivalent in Japan. The live attenuated vaccine, delivered nasally, went through Phase III trials in Japanese children, and a regulatory submission is being prepared for Japan.

Pfizer's U.S. Prevnar 13 sales jump 87% in Q2

The world's biggest vaccine by sales--Prevnar 13--just keeps getting bigger. And in doing so, the shot helped Pfizer notch 44% vaccines growth for the second quarter as the unit saw sales grow from $1.09 billion in last year's Q2 to $1.58 billion during the period this year.

Merck, GSK, Sanofi and Pfizer will vie for crown in tight vaccines race by 2020: Report

Anyone expecting one vaccines maker to pull away from the pack by 2020 had better reconsider. The top four companies--Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and Pfizer--are expected to be within less than one percentage point of each other in total market share, a new report says.

Takeda, Daiichi Sankyo ink flu vaccine distribution pacts with Japan's Kaketsuken

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.

Sanofi promises 7% vax sales growth for 2015, despite rocky Q1

Sanofi says it's poised to repeat the 7% growth its vaccines unit saw last year. But after battling through a slow quarter of influenza vaccine sales, it'll have some catching up to do during the remainder of the year if it wants to make that happen.

GSK responds to MSF's plea with pricing explanation--no discount

After urging price concessions for pneumococcal disease vaccines in January and receiving a 20-cent-per-dose discount from Pfizer, Médecins Sans Frontières is sure to be unhappy with GlaxoSmithKline's response.

More vaccines deals for Pfizer? It wouldn't say no, exec says

Over the past year, Pfizer has certainly achieved CEO Ian Read's goal of bulking up beyond best-selling vaccine Prevnar 13. In addition to ushering its meningitis B vaccine through the clinic to an FDA approval, it's made two pickups to expand its marketed portfolio and pipeline. So what's next for the pharma giant's vaccines unit? Perhaps more deals, its leader says.
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