Novartis vaccine Bexsero sees high uptake in first large-scale public vaccination program to help protect against devastating meningitis B

July 29th, 2014 Program in Québec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region is the first public campaign globally to offer Bexsero to all from 2 months to 20 years of age More than 45,000 infants, young children and adolescents included in the program have already received at least one dose of Bexsero Swift implementation, within 6 months of approval, marks a milestone in helping …

Novartis submits application to the FDA for meningitis B vaccine candidate Bexsero(R) to help protect US adolescents and young adults

Submission follows receipt of Breakthrough Therapy designation in April 2014, highlighting unmet need for a licensed vaccine for serogroup B in the US[1] Meningitis B is a rare but aggressive disease that can kill or cause serious life-long disability within 24 hours of onset, often with initial flu-like symptoms[2],[3],[4] Bexsero, approved in 34 countries, was recently provided to two US …

Novartis provides second US university with Bexsero

February 24, 2014 Novartis announced today that its meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) vaccine, Bexsero (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine [rDNA, component, adsorbed]), will be used as part of a vaccination program at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) that began today and will end on March 7. In the last three months, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved …

If it’s Good Enough for the EU is it Good Enough for US? Bexsero in the USA

In the aftermath of the Meningitis B outbreaks at Princeton University and  the University of California, Santa Barbara, a debate has sparked over whether medicines with marketing approval on one side of the Atlantic should be automatically granted approval across the pond? When MenB broke out in Pinceton University late 2013 there was no vaccine available in the US which …

UK Delay in Meningitis B Vaccine Could Have Killed 200

The UK Charity Meningitis Now has claimed that delays by the National Health Service (NHS) in making the first effective meningitis B vaccine freely available to the nation could have resulted in around 600 avoidable meningitis B cases in the last year. Of that figure, the charity believe nearly 200 could have died or suffered life-changing after effects. The vaccine …