Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sanofi Pasteurs dengue vaccine in ph III clinical trials

News item: Source BioSpectrum, Asia Edition




Singapore, Nov 4, 2010: Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-aventis Group, has announced that its dengue vaccine is in final stage of clinical development. Sanofi Pasteur’s dengue vaccine, the world’s most clinically advanced dengue vaccine candidate entered its first phase III clinical study in Australia. 

This study is part of a global phase III clinical study program aimed at advancing the development of a novel vaccine for the prevention of dengue disease in children and adults. Currently, there is no specific treatment available for dengue fever, which is a threat to nearly three billion people and a public health priority in many countries of Latin America and Asia where epidemics occur. 

Phase III studies are the ultimate steps in the clinical development of a vaccine before it is submitted to regulatory authorities for evaluation for market authorization. Sanofi Pasteur’s candidate dengue vaccine is the first to reach phase III of clinical development.

“To address the global health challenge represented by dengue fever, we are conducting an unprecedented dengue vaccine research and development program as well as a scale up of the vaccine production. We are now entering the final laps of a long run that Sanofi Pasteur started almost 20 years ago. If successful, we are committed to introducing the vaccine in countries where dengue is of highest public health priority,” said Mr Wayne Pisano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi Pasteur. 

The study in Australia is the first to use dengue vaccine doses produced with industrial scale processes. The study is aimed at demonstrating that production of the vaccine at industrial scale will meet consistency criteria required for market authorization by regulatory authorities. Details of the phase III study in Australia as well as results of already completed studies are presented at the 59th annual conference of ASTMH (American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), held in Atlanta, US, on November 3-7, 2010.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fentanyl transdermal pain patches recalled

After tests revealed too-rapid release of active ingredient about one million fentanyl patches for chronic pain have been recalled from store and pharmacy shelves.

Approximately one million fentanyl patches for chronic pain have been recalled from store and pharmacy shelves. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and drug maker Actavis Inc. are working to get the word out, but they are targeting retailers and wholesalers, not consumers.

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