Saturday, April 17, 2010

rotarix vaccine for rotavirus pulled after contamination discovered.

rotarix, by gloxosmithkline, is one of two licensed rotavirus vaccines in the united states.  it was approved in 2008, and over 1 million u.s. children and 30 million children worldwide have received it.  federal health authorities have recommended its suspension by doctors since the recent discovery of contamination of pig virus.

rotavirus (symptoms similar to stomach flu), though vaccinated against in this country, hospitalizations have not dropped in the last 2 decades in the u.s.  rotarix is associated with a an increase in pneumonia-related deaths in children, compared to a placebo.

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