B.C. suspends use of Novartis flu vaccine as precautionary measure

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VICTORIA - B.C. is heeding a Health Canada recommendation to suspend the use of a flu vaccine made by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has issued notice to all provincial health authorities advising them to stop using products sold in Canada as Agriflu and Fluad.

The precautionary measure was taken based on reports of small clumping material that was noticed in some batches of the vaccines in the Italian plant where it is produced.

B.C.'s ministry of health says people who have already been vaccinated don't need to worry, as there have been no safety concerns reported in relation to the vaccines to date.

The Novartis products comprise about 30 per cent of B.C.'s provincial flu vaccine supply.

The ministry says provincial public health officials are working with other experts across Canada this weekend to figure out what steps should be taken next for public vaccination programs.

Organizations: Novartis, Health Canada, B.C. Centre

Geographic location: B.C., Canada, VICTORIA

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  • Leslie Moore
    Leslie Moore
    October 28, 2012 - 04:37

    If close my eyes and I can just imagine the scene now at Novartis Headquarters: "Jim how could you let this boondoggle happen? Don't you know this is when we have to seize the fear of the flu season and sell our product?? At some point they are going to figure out that influenza has been with us for 100 years!!! Do you have any idea about the money we have spent on scam science projects and favours in order to make our way into the government and medical academia? Now, get out of my office and fabricate some safety data! or its back to glaxoklinesmith and their Argentinian baby killing vaccine scandel" Secretary , "Get me Perry Kendall on the phone, tell him not to worry, his agenda to circumvent the human rights of healthcare workers in his province is a go! " And so, in 2 weeks all will back to normal..Perry will be happy, the manipulated public will feel comforted, until the next safety faux pas comes to light... To date, we have no publically funded, randomized placebo studies run over several seasons to see if Novartis's products do what they are supposed to.Support your healthcare workers who want you to benefit from credible measures to control influenza, not false reassurances from clumped white particles.