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 Post subject: vaccine updates
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:50 am 

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Fredo - what is the latest on all the hpv vaccines? I know gardasil was approved for 9-26 year old females. Have they expanded it to any other groups? What is the latest on giving it to females who have a history of hpv?

also what about the bivalent vaccine by gsk? Did that get fda approval yet and if so for what groups?

thanks for the update :)

betsy


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Hi Betsy,

Good to chat with you again!

HPV vaccines seem to work best when given to females who don't have the virus, but women who are are sexually active (many of whom have HPV) can still receive pretty good protection from the HPV types covered by the vaccine that they don't have. So, the vaccine is can be used with females ages 9-26 even if they have HPV.

The currently licensed vaccine, Gardasil, is produced by Merck and Company and is a "quadravelent" vaccine that covers two "high risk" HPV types (HPV 16 and HPV 18 ) along with two "low risk" types (HPV 6 and 11). GlaxoSmithKline (GSk) has a "bivalent" cervical cancer vaccine in development (called Cervarix) that protects against HPV 16 and 18 - the company expects to submit Cervarix for U.S. FDA approval sometime in early 2007. GSK submitted Cervarix to European regulators last year.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:55 am 

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Thanks for the update Fred :)

It's been awfully interesting watching all this going on in the news I think - should it be mandatory or not. If nothing else - it's getting folks aware that the vaccine does exist if they are interested in it :) Just wish they'd stop focusing on it being a std and more on the fact that it's been linked as the main cause of cervical cancer instead...

betsy


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