Novartis AG Wins EU Backing for First Meningitis B Vaccine

Published: Jan 22, 2013

Novartis clinched European approval for the first vaccine against meningitis B, and will seek to sell the drug as soon as possible. "Novartis is working with health authorities to provide access to Bexsero as soon as possible," the Swiss drugmaker said in a statement on Tuesday. There is currently no approved vaccine offering broad protection against "MenB," this particular type of meningitis. Novartis won a European panel backing for Bexsero in November. Bexsero's commercial success still depends on whether individual governments decide to add it to routine vaccination programs.

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