Navigation Links
Influenza Vaccine FluMist To Be Approved In Younger Children As Well

MedImmune, the company that has successfully sold flu vaccines to healthy adults in the age range of 5 to 49 is now poised on the edge of another victory . The U.S Food and Drug Administration is now about to approve the sale of FluMist targeting children younger than 5 years.

This announcement comes at a time when the company is planning to self itself to UKs AstraZeneca for 15.6 billion dollars. AstraZeneca was behind MedImmune because it did not have its own flu vaccine business. Once the deal closes, MedImmune becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca.

The vaccine FluMist has had more than its share of hurdles, such as the preliminary safety concerns, being deemed unfit for young kids, and then storage problems as most pharmacies refused the drug as it needed to be stored in the freezer. This was overcome recently by a FDA-approved refrigerator safe version.

The newer version of MedImmune s FluMist appears effective for children younger than 5 years old, although safety data on the influenza vaccine is still under examination.

MedImmune sought FDA approval to market the spray for children ages 1 to 5 without a history of wheezing or asthma.

According to FDA documents, four studies conducted by MedImmune found the drug was effective against Type A and B influenza viruses, including one trial that showed the vaccine was about 90 percent effective.

Reviewers for the FDA also said one company study of the nasal spray vaccine did not signal any widespread safety problems, but results from other studies are still being reviewed. Those findings will be presented to the panel on Wednesday.

Though children who received FluMist experienced more wheezing than those who were given an inactive vaccine, "the difference between treatment groups is quite small," one reviewer said.

Other side effects included pneumonia, among other problems. Previously known side effects with FluMis t include nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and cough.

In a separate document, MedImmune claimed the vaccine's safety and efficacy were proven in children 24 to 59 months old and "that the risk-benefit profile for children 12 (to) 23 months of age without a history of wheeze or asthma warrants use of FluMist in this population as well."

It also said it would continue to monitor the drug in younger patients if approved.

FluMist competes with injectable flu vaccines made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Sanofi-Aventis' Sanofi Pasteur unit, and Chiron, which was recently acquired by Novartis AG.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Influenza drug delayed
2. Chances are high for Avian Influenza virus altering its form
3. Influenza Avian Flu strain has become more contagious and dangerous.
4. A Vaccine for the impending pandemic Avian Influenza
5. Influenza Vaccination for children with neurological or neuromuscular disease
6. Avian Influenza: Government to set up expert committee
7. Resistant Influenza strains creates panic in US
8. Influenza Vaccination For The Elderly
9. Fao Declares Humans Spread Avian Influenza Virus
10. Statins Could Play Important Role In Influenza Pandemic
11. Zoo Animal Succumbs to Avian Influenza in Germany
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ... today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The ... get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health ... expanded their existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, ... joint venture home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped ... Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System will ... the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by Jeffrey ... Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the Division ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Women-owned and Grand Rapids-based workplace wellness ... in Wellness® by Best and Brightest. OnSite Wellness will be honored at the ... 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry Autograph Collection Hotel, located at ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... IRVING, Texas , Oct. 11, 2017  Caris ... science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, ... Institute has joined Caris, Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as ... leading cancer centers, the St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute ... to advance the use of tumor profiling, making cancer ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... 10, 2017   West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. ... injectable drug administration, today shared the results of a ... improving the intradermal administration of polio vaccines. The study ... in May 2017 by Dr. Ondrej Mach , ... Health Organization (WHO), and recently published in the journal ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... WESTWOOD, Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers ... by the end of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities ... Westchester, NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through ... , as mandated by certain health insurance regulations. ... The best time to get a flu shot is by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: