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Wyeth's Prevenar 13* Receives First Approval
Date:7/14/2009

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announced today that the Chilean Ministry of Health, MINSAL (Ministerio de Salud), has become the first government agency to approve Prevenar 13* Valent, (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine 13 Valent (Diphtheria CRM(197) Protein)) for infants and young children. Prevenar 13 Valent is approved for active immunization of children aged 6 weeks through 5 years for the prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease, as well as pneumonia and otitis media (middle ear infection) caused by 13 pneumococcal serotypes. Pneumococcal disease (PD) is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death worldwide in children younger than 5 years of age and is estimated to cause up to one million deaths in children each year.

Prevenar 13, which builds on the scientific foundation of Prevenar* (Pneumococcal Saccharide Conjugated Vaccine, Adsorbed), is designed to provide the broadest serotype coverage of any pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Prevenar 13 contains 13 serotypes, seven of which (4, 6B, 9V, 14, 18C, 19F and 23F) are included in Prevenar and six additional serotypes (1, 3, 5, 6A, 7F and 19A) associated with the greatest remaining burden of invasive disease. Notably, serotype 19A is prevalent in many regions of the world and is often associated with antibiotic resistance.

"The approval of Prevenar 13 in Chile is the first of many regulatory decisions we anticipate receiving around the world this year," says Emilio Emini, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Vaccines Research and Development, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. "We believe that Prevenar 13 is an important milestone in Wyeth's ongoing commitment to public health in the fight against serious pneumococcal disease worldwide."

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