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Phase 3 Data Indicate Investigational 13-valent Vaccine May Broaden Protection Against Pneumoccocal Disease in Children Younger than Two
Date:10/27/2008

- Data presented at the joint annual meeting of ICAAC and IDSA

- Results suggest candidate vaccine may be as effective as Prevnar for the seven shared serotypes, and provide expanded coverage for six additional serotypes

- Wyeth on track to complete U.S. filing for pediatric use in the first quarter of 2009, with other pediatric global filings expected at the same time, or possibly earlier

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Data from a pivotal trial and three other Phase 3 studies presented today indicate that Wyeth's (NYSE: WYE) investigational 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) may offer broader protection against pneumococcal disease (PD) in infants and young children compared to Prevnar(R), Pneumococcal 7-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein).

Specifically, the data indicate that PCV13 may be as effective as Prevnar (also referred to as PCV7) in helping to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) due to the seven serotypes shared by the vaccines, and may provide expanded coverage for six additional serotypes found worldwide. The data were presented at the joint annual meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Washington, D.C.

The candidate vaccine includes the 13 most common pneumococcal serotypes associated with serious PD. Seven of these (4, 6B, 9V, 14, 18C, 19F and 23F) are included in Prevnar -- the current global standard in PD prevention in infants and young children. The six additional serotypes (1, 3, 5, 6A, 7F and 19A) are associated with the greatest burden of residual, or remaining, invasive disease. Both vaccines contain CRM197 -- an immunologica
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