Philippines government investigates Dengvaxia dengue vaccine

Philippines government investigates Dengvaxia dengue vaccine

Philippines government investigates Dengvaxia dengue vaccine

French-based Sanofi Pasteur said its long-term follow-up study of its Dengvaxia vaccine showed sustained benefits for up to six years for those who had previous dengue infection, but that people who never had dengue had an increased risk of a severe case and hospitalisation from the third year after immunisation.

As per the guidelines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Sanofi needed to conduct an information dissemination campaign.

On Nov. 29, the company disclosed that it would ask global health regulators to restrict use of its much-touted dengue vaccine to only people who have previously been infected by the virus.

The trial, known as Cdiffense, tested Sanofi's experimental toxoid vaccine in older patients who are at higher risk of infection from the bacteria.

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Whether ongoing investigations will hold certain former officials liable for the mess, attention must be focused on any adverse effects that might be suffered by children with no history of dengue who have received the vaccine.

In a report by the PHO in their "Dengue Surveillance" update (as of November 27, 2017) a total of 4,472 cases were reported, higher than the 3,824 cases reported a year ago.

The Department of Health has recommended that she be moved to a Manila hospital for closer monitoring, but Bayugo said she had shown signs of improvement with her platelet count recovering.

Dengvaxia is the first approved dengue vaccine, and generates approximately $1 billion in sales every year for Sanofi. But even recent more modest analysts' sales forecasts are now looking unattainable given the safety issue and clinical evidence revealing unequal protection against different strains of dengue.

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Philippines will wait for a recommendation to be released on December 12 or 13 by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunisation, an advisory body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

It was a damaging admission from the company, which had secured approval of the shot in 19 countries - several of which had run public immunization drives.

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