Just-approved flu vaccine uses newer production method

Just-approved flu vaccine uses newer production method

(HealthDay)—Flucelvax is the first seasonal flu vaccine to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration using a manufacturing method called cell culture technology, the agency said.

Other flu vaccines are produced inside eggs. But that process takes longer than the newer method and could be harmful to people with egg allergies, the FDA explained. In cell culture technology, are grown inside mammalian .

This technology has been used for decades to produce other vaccines, the agency said, and since it is quicker, it can be used more efficiently to develop flu vaccines rapidly in the event of a pandemic.

Flucelvax was evaluated in clinical studies in the United States and Europe involving some 7,700 people ages 18 to 49. Common side effects included pain, redness, injection-site soreness, headache, and fatigue—reactions typically seen in people given egg-based flu vaccines, the FDA said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the annual for anyone 6 months and older.

Flucelvax is produced by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, based in Marburg, Germany.

More information: More Information

Related Stories

FDA approves flu vaccine for coming season

date Aug 14, 2012

(HealthDay) -- The formulation for the vaccine that will help protect against the flu this coming season was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday.

Cell-based flu shot beats current vaccine: study

date Feb 15, 2011

Flu vaccines made from lab-grown cells work at least as well as those derived from viruses cultivated in chicken eggs, the preferred method for 50 years, according to a study released Wednesday.

New development could increase flu vaccine supply

date Jun 02, 2011

(Medical Xpress) -- Scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical company Novartis announced today in the journal Science Translational Medicine that they have developed a new adjuvant, or com ...

Germany orders recall of some Novartis flu shots

date Oct 25, 2012

(AP)—German authorities ordered a recall Thursday of some batches of Novartis flu vaccine as a precautionary measure after the company reported the appearance of small particles in the manufacturing process.

Recommended for you

FDA warns of bogus botox

date 9 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Counterfeit Botox may have been distributed to doctors' offices and medical clinics across the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

Fake malaria drugs not as common as previously reported

date 15 hours ago

A rigorous analysis of antimalarial drug quality conducted in Cambodia and Tanzania found no evidence of fake medicines, according to new research published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.