Rotarix Vaccine Suspended: Porcine Circovirus Type 1 (PCV1) Contamination

By Peter Chubb - Mar 23, 2010

The FDA has temporarily suspended the GlaxoSmithKline’s Rotarix vaccine because they believe that it is contaminated with Porcine Circovirus Type 1 (PCV1). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains that it infects pigs.

The Money Times reports that there is no evidence that PCV1 offers any risk to children – this has not stopped the FDA from asking for a suspension of the drug. A study from the U.S. academic research team found that Rotarix was contaminated with PCV1 by using a novel technique to locate the virus.

Both the FDA and GlaxoSmithKline have done follow up test and confirmed the findings of the study. The FDA have now said that over the coming weeks, an expert advisory committee will be set up, which is when they will release more information.

For more details and what you should do with the Rotarix Vaccine, visit The Money Times

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