Italy, Switzerland, Austria freeze sales of Novartis flu vaccines

October 24, 2012

Italian, Swiss and Austrian authorities on Wednesday halted the sale of flu vaccines made by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis.

The Italian said it has banned the sale and use of several flu vaccines produced by Novartis pending tests into possible side-effects.

"The health ministry and the Italian medicines agency (AIFA) have decided to take the precaution of banning immediately the use of the vaccines" Aggripal, Fluad and Influpozzi, it said.

On the basis of information supplied by Novartis, AIFA "has decided that it is necessary to carry out further tests regarding the quality and the safety" of the vaccines, which "can produce collateral effects," the statement said.

In Switzerland, the national drug agency Swissmedic said it was ordering the "immediate halt of deliveries from Novartis," due to "possible ".

The alarm was raised after white particles were seen in syringes carrying the vaccines, Swissmedic said, stressing that they could be nothing more than little of the vaccine's components.

The Swiss decision affects some 160,000 , Swissmedic said, adding that it was unclear whether the problem affected vaccines already available in Switzerland.

The freeze on sales of the vaccines and their use was "a simple precaution" and those who had already been vaccinated for the flu "had nothing to worry about", it added.

In Austria, a spokeswoman for Novartis's Austrian subsidiary said that "further deliveries of the Novartis flu vaccines were stopped today (Wednesday)."

She added that the move was a precautionary measure following the moves by Italy and Switzerland.

stu-ide-nl/har

In their statement explaining the freeze on vaccine imports, Italian authorities said they had "decided that it is necessary to carry out further tests regarding the quality and the safety" of the vaccines.

burs/har

In Austria, a spokeswoman for Novartis's Austrian subsidiary said that "further deliveries of the Novartis flu vaccines were stopped today (Wednesday)."

She added that the move was a precautionary measure following similar decisions by Italy and Switzerland.

Explore further: New development could increase flu vaccine supply

Related Stories

New development could increase flu vaccine supply

June 2, 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 compound ...

Recommended for you

Researchers identify source of opioids' side effects

January 17, 2017

A commercially available drug may help drastically reduce two side effects of opioid painkillers—a growing tolerance and a paradoxical increased sensitivity to pain—without affecting the drugs' ability to reduce pain, ...

CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price

January 12, 2017

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to ...

Many misuse OTC sleep aids: survey

December 29, 2016

(HealthDay)—People struggling with insomnia often turn to non-prescription sleep remedies that may be habit-forming and are only intended for short-term use, according to a new Consumer Reports survey.

The pill won't kill your sexual desire, researchers say

December 15, 2016

Taking the pill doesn't lower your sexual desire, contrary to popular belief, according to research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The authors of the research, from the University of Kentucky and Indiana University ...

0 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.