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FDA Asks Doctors To Suspend Use Of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Rotavirus Vaccine

FDA Asks Doctors To Suspend Use Of GlaxoSmithKline GSK Rotavirus Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that the agency has asked doctors to stop giving the GlaxoSmithKline PLC (NYSE: GSK) Rotarix vaccine on a temporary basis because extraneous viral components have been found in the vaccine.

The GlaxoSmithKline PLC Rotarix vaccine is given to infants to protect them from rotavirus.

The FDA said that porcine circovirus 1, or PCV1, is the suspected extraneous virus component.

PCV1 has not been known to make humans sick but the FDA is asking that use of the GlaxoSmithKline PLC Rotarix vaccine be suspended while it is studied.

The FDA also said that no PCV1 components had been found in the Merck & Company (NYSE: MRK) rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq.


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