The Novartis influenza vaccine portfolio in the US includes Flucelvax and Fluvirin
FluMist (MedImmune Vaccines); Fluvirin
(Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited); and Fluzone, Fluzone High-Dose, and Fluzone Intradermal (Sanofi Pasteur).
Dad Mark Boyle and partner Margaret Christie claimed their son fell ill after receiving a dose of Fluvirin
by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited, and Fluzone and Fluzone High-Dose by Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
But he said the site had produced 27m doses of its conventional flu vaccine, Fluvirin
, for the US market a month ahead of schedule so that the lines could switch to swine flu production.
Chief executive Andrin Oswald said: "We hope that the early delivery of our Fluvirin
vaccine will help physicians and public health officials better prepare for the upcoming flu season and balance the needs for pandemic and seasonal vaccination.
US firm Chiron had to close its Liverpool plant in October 2004 amid concerns that batches of its flu vaccine, Fluvirin
, might have been become contaminated.
The United States received only half of the needed supply of Fluvirin
shots this year from Chiron Corp.
which was under contract to make as many as 48 million doses of its vaccine, Fluvirin
, had its supplies impounded by British regulators after the Serratia bacterium was discovered in some doses.
UK-based manufacturer Chiron Vaccines said it would not supply any batches of Fluvirin
around the world this winter after its licence was suspended by the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The company is the world's second-largest manufacturer of flu vaccines and will not be able to produce the Fluvirin
drug for three months after the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) imposed the suspension.
Record sales of its flu vaccine Fluvirin
and a controversial contract to supply the British Government with smallpox jabs for use in case of bioterror attack boosted turnover to pounds 158.