NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer China announced today that it has received approval from the
Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to market its pneumococcal
13-valent conjugate vaccine, Prevenar 13®, in China for active
immunization for the prevention of invasive diseases (including
bacteremic pneumonia, meningitis, septicemia, and bacteremia) caused by
Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. Pneumoniae) serotypes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6A, 6B,
7F, 9V, 14, 18C, 19A, 19F, and 23F in infants and children aged 6 weeks
to 15 months. S. pneumoniae is the most common cause of invasive disease
as well as pneumonia and upper respiratory tract infections.
“We applaud the efforts of CFDA and other relevant Chinese government
agencies to bring new medicines and vaccines to the Chinese healthcare
Pneumococcal disease is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths
globally in children under five years old1. In China alone,
approximately 30 thousand children in this age group die due to
pneumococcal diseases every year2.
"We applaud the efforts of CFDA and other relevant Chinese government
agencies to bring new medicines and vaccines to the Chinese healthcare
system,” said Dr. Xiaobin Wu, President of Pfizer China. “Pfizer is
committed to working closely with the CFDA in these efforts, and also
looks forward to partnering with the Chinese government to help improve
the lives of patients and people of all ages in China.”
In China, the recommended Prevenar 13® immunization series is a primary
series administered at 2, 4 and 6 months of age with a fourth (booster)
dose administered at approximately 12~15 months of age.
About Streptococcus Pneumoniae
Pneumococcus (also known as Streptococcus pneumoniae) is widely
colonized in the human nasopharynx, with a carrier rate of 27% - 85%;
infants and young children are the main carrier and transmission group3.
Pneumococcus can be spread through respiratory droplets. Vaccination in
children is critical as their immune systems are still developing during
the first years of life, leaving them more susceptible to infectious
diseases4. Serious sequelae such as deafness, developmental
delay and even death can be associated with invasive pneumococcal disease5.
Due to the increasingly serious problem of multi-drug resistance to
pneumococcus, the clinical treatment of pneumococcus related diseases
has also become more difficult6.
Pneumococcal disease is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in
children under 5 years old globally and in China7. In view of
the large public health problem caused by pneumococcal disease, the
World Health Organization (WHO) has prioritized vaccination against this
About Prevenar 13®
Prevenar 13® is the most widely used pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in
the world, and is included in the pediatric National Immunization
Programs of numerous countries in the Asia Pacific region such as
Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan9,10 Prevenar 13® will
only protect against Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes included in the
vaccine, and will not protect against serotypes not present in the
vaccine or other microorganisms that cause invasive disease, pneumonia,
or otitis media.
Prevnar 13® is the trade name in the United States, Canada,
U.S. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Prevnar 13® should not be given to anyone with a history of
severe allergic reaction to any component of Prevnar 13® or
any diphtheria toxoid–containing vaccine
Children and adults with weakened immune systems (eg, HIV infection,
leukemia) may have a reduced immune response
A temporary pause of breathing following vaccination has been observed
in some infants born prematurely
The most commonly reported serious adverse events in infants and
toddlers were bronchiolitis (an infection of the lungs) (0.9%),
gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and small intestine)
(0.9%), and pneumonia (0.9%)
In children 6 weeks through 17 years, the most common side effects
were tenderness, redness, or swelling at the injection site,
irritability, decreased appetite, decreased or increased sleep, and
Only a healthcare provider can decide if Prevnar 13® is
right for an individual
For the full prescribing information for Prevnar 13®, please
click here http://www.pfizer.com/products/product-detail/prevnar_13.
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is as of November 2, 2016. Pfizer assumes no obligation to update
forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of
new information or future events or developments.
This release contains forward-looking information about Prevnar
13/Prevenar 13, including its potential benefits, that involves
substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements.
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regarding the commercial success of Prevnar 13/Prevenar 13; the
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ability to meet anticipated clinical trial completion dates and
regulatory submission dates, as well as the possibility of unfavorable
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pending or that may be filed may be approved by regulatory authorities,
which will depend on the assessment by such regulatory authorities of
the benefit-risk profile suggested by the totality of the efficacy and
safety information submitted; decisions by regulatory authorities
regarding labeling and other matters that could affect the availability
or commercial potential of Prevnar 13/Prevenar 13; and competitive
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10 Data on file. Pfizer Inc, New York, NY. [Total Prevenar
13V Doses Through May 2016]