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New drugs, mergers and protests, pharma industry round-up

This week a new drug for dealing with opioid overdose has been announced. There’s a buy-out for a dyslipidemia product; plus another larger merger; and also a vaccine price protest. Digital Journal brings another round-up of pharmaceutical sector news.

Flu jab less successful last season

London - The flu jab given out last winter in the U.K. was effective in only 34 percent of cases, according to a final report by Public Health England.

Long-lasting flu vaccine in development

Researchers have published successful data on their quest to develop a 'universal' flu vaccine. Trials relating to animal studies have recently been reported.

Study finds promising experimental MERS vaccine

Washington - An experimental vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) showed promising results in animal testing, sparking an immune system response that could lead to a vaccine for people, researchers said.

Big pharma company makes major purchase

Major pharmaceutical company Novartis has announced that it will take over the privately held Australian and U.S. company Spinifex Pharmaceuticals. This represents further diversification of Novartis’ portfolio.

Pfizer buys leading drugs from GSK to extend market share

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has purchased two vaccine manufacturers from GSK: Nimenrix and Mencevax. These products extend the company’s interest in this field.

Ghana suspends Ebola vaccine trial after 'guinea pig' backlash

Accra - Ghana has suspended a trial for an Ebola vaccine after complaints that locals were being needlessly used as "guinea pigs" in a country currently free of the deadly disease.

Scientists on verge of lifelong total flu vaccine

Scientists could have finally found a universal cure for all types of influenza. Instead of the often, ineffective annual jabs, they may soon be able to produce a one-off, lifelong injection against all strains of this distressing and often fatal disease.

US farms hit by bird flu – but a vaccine might make things worse

Eight million chickens and turkeys have been destroyed at 70 farms in 13 states due to the spreading H5N2 bird flu virus. Health officials are cautiously optimistic the virus will not affect humans, but are offering antiviral drugs to farm workers.

Ebola vaccine moves closer to reality

A novel Ebola vaccine being tested in China has been declared as "safe" and provokes a notable immune response in people. This is based on the outcome of a Phase 1 trial.

Why Canadian homeopaths can sell unproven vaccine alternatives

An investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show Marketplace reveals some alternative health practitioners are offering unproven vaccine "alternatives" to parents. Also, they are downplaying the danger of ailments such as measles.

Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH

Washington - Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.

Op-Ed: GOP administration shelved Ebola vaccine a decade ago

New York - The outbreak of Ebola that has killed nearly 5,000 people in Africa could have been stopped in its tracks except for the traditional cost-cutting by the Republican party.

Russian Health Minister: Three Ebola vaccines six months away

Moscow - On Saturday, Russian Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova disclosed to journalists that three Ebola vaccines will be ready within the next six months.

Ebola death toll passes 4,000 says World Health Organization

With the start of human trials of an Ebola vaccine, the World Health Organization has released the latest figures on the current number of cases in seven nations affected by the Ebola virus. With 8,399 cases, the death toll is now 4,033.

Vaccine deaths in Syria explained

Recently a number of children in Syria died after receiving measles vaccinations. This has been attributed to a "mistake" by a non-governmental agency who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia.

Whooping cough cases rise in the U.S.

Cases of whooping cough are rising across the U.S. This has been attributed to a recently altered vaccine and parents who are opting their children out of inoculations.

Gut microbes affect flu vaccine effectiveness

Atlanta - Researchers have discovered that the composition of the microorganisms in the gut affect effectivity of the seasonal flu vaccine. This potentially means that your gut bacteria affect how effective the vaccine will be within your own body.

Ebola vaccines trials accelerated

Bethesda - The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accelerated human trials of multiple Ebola vaccines. This follows new reports concerning the mounting death toll from the virus.

Chikungunya vaccine in development

An early-stage clinical trial into a vaccine for the virus chikungunya yields promising results, according to the authors of a new study.

'Realistic' to expect Ebola vaccine by 2015: WHO

Geneva - Clinical trials of vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus should soon get underway and will likely be ready for widespread use by early next year, the World Health Organization said Saturday.

Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy

A study linking GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine to the sleep disorder has been pulled from the literature. Researchers argued that the sleep disorder might result from an immune reaction against the wakefulness-regulating hormone hypocretin.

Scientist charged in HIV vaccine fraud case

Washington - Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research.

Polio antivirals key to eradication effort?

The deadly virus polio has started to make appearances in certain countries. The World Health Organization has warned that polio is now a 'public health emergency'. Scientists are looking at new ways to combat the disease.

Op-Ed: Is there benefit to the Gardasil vaccine? Opponents say no

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given to prevent the risk of cancer associated with HPV and is typically administered between the ages of eight and 26. Opponents argue that not only is the vaccine risky, but it is of no value.

GlaxoSmithKline vaccine suspended in Portugal

The National Agency for Medicines and Health Products of Portugal decided to suspend the administration of British vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine Infanrix Tetra following the report of adverse reactions.

Op-Ed: One more girl: 13-year-old American injured by the HPV vaccine Special

Thirteen-year-old Skylee Butler's life has not been the same since receiving the Human papillomavirus or HPV vaccine in Massachusetts last August.

Recent flu vaccine efficacy estimate higher in Canada than Spain

Canadian researchers estimate that this season's flu vaccine is about 70 percent effective so far, which is much higher than the recent 24 percent estimate reported by a Spanish team.

Hepatitis B vaccine linked to infant deaths

The Chinese government is investigating a drug manufacturer to see if several recent deaths of babies were related to a hepatitis vaccine.

United States CDC announces an HPV vaccine recall

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was informed by Merck on Monday that the pharmaceutical company planned to recall one lot of Gardasil [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant].
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