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Dengvaxia dengue vaccine not distributed in m'sia - health DG

Dengvaxia dengue vaccine not distributed in m'sia - health DG

Dr Noor Hisham said six years of studying clinical data found that Dengvaxia provides protective benefit against dengue fever in those who had prior infection, but the dengue vaccine could lead to more severe dengue symptoms for people who have not been infected.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the world's first dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, is not distributed or used by any health facility either in the public or private sector in this country.

The drug company said suppliers had agreed to allow the company to inform health practitioners about the proposal for a new label to help their patients assess the risks and benefits of the vaccine.

In 2016, the House of Representatives' Committee on Health invited Garin in a probe on the dengue vaccine, following the DOH's suspension of the dengue vaccination program. Of the total number, health officials said that 70,000 are at risk.

There were no cases for the most severe level and all people stricken by dengue in the Sanofil study fully recovered.

FDA said, however: "In order to protect the general public, the [FDA] immediately directed Sanofi to.cause the withdrawal of Dengvaxia in the market pending compliance with the directives of the FDA".

"We will leave no stone unturned in making those responsible for this shameless public health scam, which put hundreds of thousands of young lives at risk, accountable", Roque said. Through 2027, a little less than US$ 650 Mn worth of revenues is expected to arise from sales of dengue vaccines across government institutes.

Currently, the market is witnessing active participation of French drugmaker, Sanofi S.A., while vaccines being formulated by companies such as Biological E. Limited, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Merck & Co.

There have also been a considerable decrease of dengue cases in the first half of 2017, with only 43,770 cases reported for January 1 to July 1, 36.8% lower than the 69, 297 recorded during the same timeframe in 2016, according to the Manila Times.

"As far as we know, as far as we are made aware, there are no reported deaths that are related to dengue vaccination", Ruby Dizon, medical director at Sanofi Pasteur, told reporters.

The Philippines Department of Health halted use of Dengvaxia last week after Sanofi reported it could worsen the disease in some people.

He explained that the DOH's decision to implement a dengue immunization program was based on the previous findings that Dengvaxia was safe for use, and there was no complaint before the Commission on Audit concerning its purchase.

Duque said the government will profile all those who received the vaccination and heighten its surveillance mechanisms.

The vaccine, which was procured by former President Benigno Aquino III's administration, was recently reported to have adverse effect on patients who have not acquired the disease. "We implemented it in accordance with WHO guidance and recommendations".

He added: "The vaccination program is not a clinical trial and Pinoys are not guinea pigs".

It is also essential to intensify efforts at getting rid of breeding places of dengue mosquitoes and seeing to it our surroundings are kept clean and orderly.

It will also contain advisories on an assessment of prior dengue infection in individuals before vaccination, and that vaccination should not be recommended for those who have not had a dengue infection before.


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