Dengvaxia: Philippines submits refund demand to Sanofi Pasteur, Also request testing

Philippines medical officials announced Friday they have made its demands official against Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur.

Inside a letter delivered to Thomas Triomphe, mind of Sanofi Pasteur Asia Off-shore, the DOH set its interest in Sanofi to refund in the quantity of Php1.4 billion (roughly $28 million) which matches the rest of the unused vials of Dengvaxia.

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The DOH has additionally another letter requesting Sanofi Pasteur to conduct serotesting from the greater than 830,000 vaccinees utilizing a recently developed test to find out their pre-vaccination status free of charge towards the government.

The DOH also requested documents on all of the ongoing numerous studies along with other studies involving Dengvaxia within the Philippines, including proof they have passed ethics review standards from the Philippine Council for Health Development and research (PCHRD)

Secretary Duque disclosed the DOH has yet to get the official response from Sanofi Pasteur around the demand letters.

The department has stopped its dengue vaccination program after Sanofi Pasteur released an advisory on Dengvaxia, which signifies danger to individuals who haven’t been uncovered to dengue just before immunization.

“The risk benefit ratio of Dengvaxia has considerably altered because the risk brought on by the development of the vaccine to seronegative people has greatly outweighed its benefits, or no,” Duque described.

“The Dengvaxia vaccine which Sanofi Pasteur strongly promoted and offered towards the Philippine Government has undeniably unsuccessful to provide its supposed clinical benefit and safety claims, hence, considered defective under Philippine civil laws and regulations,” he added.

Secretary Duque clarifies that according to official data from Epidemiology Bureau, four from 17 deaths following a immunization of Dengvaxia put together to possess died because of dengue shock. Other deaths were among children who’d other illnesses and comorbidities.

“Based around the Dengvaxia Surveillance Update on The month of january 10, 2018 in the Epidemiology Bureau, four from the 17 cases being investigated identify dengue shock as reason for dying,” Duque stated.

The DOH also emphasizes that there’s no conclusion yet on if the administration of Dengvaxia caused the dying from the vaccinees. A panel of PGH independent experts are presently evaluating the clinical records of those cases.

“We cannot answer that as of this moment because our experts continue to be staring at the clinical records,” Duque described.

The DOH reiterates its earlier statement that it’s prepared to cooperate with ongoing investigations being conducted through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and also the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO).

“We welcome these investigations as complementary to the efforts to find the reality regarding this trouble,” Duque stated.

Meanwhile, the DOH, upon orders from the Top Court, is preparing its discuss the petition for mandamus advocating the DOH other government departments to supply free medical services and treatment to vaccinees.

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10 Most Significant Infectious Disease Tales of 2017: Outbreak News Today

I haven’t done a annual “Top 10” listing of the main infectious disease news tales since 2013 which is the very first on this web site.

The amount of important and newsworthy occasions of 2017 are plenty of and also to narrow it lower to 10 is really a challenge.

Some might have different tips on what constitutes the very best 10 and my list is dependant on covering infectious disease news since 2009.

The Very Best 10 Infectious Disease and Outbreak News tales of 2013

Anyway, here it is…

10. Getting ever nearer to eradication

Smallpox is the foremost and only human infectious disease to become eradicated. Thanks to some campaign of universal vaccination the final naturally sourced situation of smallpox is at October 1977 in Somalia. 2 yrs later the planet Health Organization (WHO) certified it as being eradicated. It was sanctioned through the World Health Set up (WHA) on May 1980.

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There’s two other infectious illnesses which are getting so nearer to this massive achievement and also the finish is within sight–polio and guinea earthworm disease.

Polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from your believed 350,000 cases then, to 37 reported cases in 2016. In 2017, time (of WPV-1 cases) has dropped to 19 (7 in Pakistan and 12 in Afghanistan) through 12 ,. 19 because of vaccinations.

Guinea Earthworm Disease is with an equally miraculous track because it will get nearer to eradication. In 1986, there have been an believed 3.5 million cases in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Today, time continues to be reduced by greater than 99.99 %.

Through March. 31, 26 cases happen to be reported from two countries (Chad- 14 and Ethiopia- 12). No vaccine or treatment are available for Guinea earthworm infection in humans. Rather, the traditional disease has been easily wiped out mainly through community-based interventions to teach and alter behavior, for example teaching individuals to filter all consuming water and stopping contamination by continuing to keep patients from entering ponds.

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9. Measles in Europe

This vaccine avoidable disease has truly raised it’s ugly mind in Europe beginning at the end of 2016 and thru all 2017.

Some 14,000 cases happen to be reported around the continent with Romania, Italia and Germany to be the most affected. Some 87 percent of individuals infected were unvaccinated.

LISTEN: Anti-vaccine arguments rebutted

8. Lyme disease developments

There is some important developments concerning the most typical vector-borne disease in america in 2017.

There’s been more political will to consider this tick borne disease as evidence this month through the first meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group.

Additionally, Valneva was granted FDA Fast Track designation for his or her Lyme disease vaccine candidate and important research was printed that found that the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi survive a 28-day span of antibiotics when treated several weeks after infection. Additionally, the research also measured the antibody immune reaction to the bacteria both pre- and publish- treatment, because this is how current diagnostics typically evaluate Lyme disease in humans.

It was just part of the happenings in the realm of Lyme disease.

LISTEN: Lyme disease: New information on Borrelia burgdorferi persistence

7. The Dengvaxia debacle

Because the announcement at the end of 2015 of Mexico approving the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia by Sanofi Pasteur, about a dozen or even more countries approved the “milestone” vaccine.

The Philippines, the very first Asian country to approve the vaccine, folded it in pressure in 2016. From that point until lately, some 730,000 children were vaccinated.

Then came the announcement from Sanofi Pasteur on November. 29 that revealed that there’s an elevated chance of severe dengue and hospitalization many years after vaccination among individuals all age ranges who was not uncovered to dengue just before vaccination.

This motivated the Philippines to place the dengue vaccination program on hold. Since that time there’s been an activity Pressure produced and far putting the blame at who’s to blame.

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6. African meningitis belt

A large number of meningococcal meningitis C cases were reported within the African meningitis belt with Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali seeing a number of these cases. Nigeria saw greater than 1100 fatalities.

Just a week ago, the planet Health Organization cautioned of the approaching Men C epidemic in 2018 however, in addition, vaccine shortages happen to be noted.

5. Hepatitis A

Outbreaks in Europe and also the US happen to be reported among men who have relations with men (MSM) and destitute people. Vaccine shortages happen to be reported within this situation also.

4. Running from antibiotics

A WHO report in September shook people up a little with a few reality of the real crisis looming. The report,  Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an research into the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis  showed a significant insufficient new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Officials observe that the majority of the drugs presently within the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and therefore are only short-term solutions. The report found very couple of potential treatments for individuals antibiotic-resistant infections recognized by WHO as posing the finest threat to health, including drug-resistant t . b which kills around 250 000 people every year.

The report identifies 51 new antibiotics and biologicals in clinical development to deal with priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens however, only 8 are classed by WHO as innovative treatments which will increase the value of the present antibiotic treatment arsenal.

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3. Venezuela

Venezuela is within turmoil regardless of what position your perception. Infectious illnesses is a position.

In 2016, Venezuela saw probably the most malaria cases since 1971 and that 30 percent more children died before their first birthday and 64 percent more women died while pregnant or within 42 days following childbirth in 2016 when compared with 2015.

In 2017, we had a significant uptick in measles and also the very harmful vaccine avoidable disease, diphtheria.

Situations are not searching good and that i don’t expect much great news in 2018.

2. Madgascar plague

Plague in Madagascar isn’t unusual and countless cases, mainly bubonic plague is reported yearly.

However, an unparalleled outbreak of plague in Madagascar, which began on 1 August 2017 led to some 2,500 cases and most 200 deaths.

Nearly eight from 10 cases were the greater harmful and person-to-person transmissible pneumonic, or lung plague.

At the begining of December, WHO reported the outbreak have been contained.

LISTEN: Pandemic versus epidemic: What’s the main difference and how come it matter?

1. The Yemen crisis

Many years of war, Saudi-brought airstrikes and blockades has brought to some huge humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the poorest country in the centre East.

Since Apr. 27, 1,013,260 cholera cases happen to be reported, including 2233 deaths. The outbreak has rapidly surpassed Haiti because the greatest since modern records started in 1949.

Diphtheria has witnessed an upsurge using more than 300 cases and 35 deaths being reported previously three several weeks.

Based on the 2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 16.4 million individuals 215 districts across Yemen lack sufficient use of healthcare – 9.3 million who have been in acute need. This presents an extreme increase of 79.3% since late 2014.

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Dengvaxia situation prompts development of Task Pressure

Inside a follow-on the dengue vaccine situation within the Philippines, the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) announced the development of an activity Force for the treating of concerns associated with the college-based immunization initiative while using tetravalent dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.

This belongs to the agency’s dedication to carefully monitor and deal with the healthiness of individuals immunized using the vaccine, despite these immunization activities were placed on hold through the DOH Secretary a week ago.

The Job Pressure consists of top management officials from the DOH Central Office, as well as the affected regions, and its attached agencies namely, the Fda, PhilHealth, and also the National Children’s Hospital.

“This Task Pressure will conduct an intensive overview of the dengue vaccination initiative which began in March 2016 and also the new evidence on safety supplied by Sanofi. This shall advice the Department of Health in answering the security concerns highly relevant to using this vaccine and the way to proceed using the dengue program to make sure safeguards and stop similar occurrences later on,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III declared.

The DOH reiterated its dedication to heighten surveillance and monitoring activities on all 830,000 students vaccinated with Dengvaxia. The DOH is going to be hiring thirty (30) additional surveillance officials to become deployed immediately to the hospitals within the four (4) regions where these anti-dengue vaccination activities were conducted.

“We is going to be deploying them immediately for active surveillance and knowledge collection during these hospitals. Surveillance will be performed for five (5) years. This belongs to our dedication to the children and parents who have been immunized using the anti-dengue vaccines,” Secretary Duque stated.

The department is presently updating the actual listing of children given Dengvaxia in coordination with DOH field offices and also the Department of your practice.

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The Job Pressure on Dengvaxia have a legal team to consider the accountability of Sanofi Pasteur, the organization which marketed Dengvaxia by having an initial declare that the vaccine was effective and safe for those individuals aged 9 to 45 years of age. In France They pharmaceutical giant afterwards acknowledged the vaccine isn’t suggested for those who have didn’t have prior dengue infection lest the vaccination increases the chance of severe dengue. Because this disclosure is made once the department had already vaccinated a large number of schoolchildren, this news produced a scare among parents and also the Filipino public.

“We requires the refund from the PhP 3.5 billion compensated for that Dengvaxia, which Sanofi setup an indemnification fund to pay for the hospitalization and treatment for those children who may have severe dengue,” Secretary Duque added.

Secretary Duque also announced that PhilHealth is able to cover the price associated with a child who might be hospitalized for severe dengue. PhilHealth’s Dengue situation rate can hide to P16,000 for severe dengue including hospital and physician charges.

“We will still be vigilant in monitoring our kids for just about any adverse event following immunization, and can strengthen the readiness in our public hospitals in taking care of any severe dengue cases that could occur,” the chief concluded.

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South america: Anvisa recommends should you didn’t have dengue, don’t take Dengvaxia

Following a discharge of new details about Dengvaxia® by Sanofi Pasteur a good elevated chance of severe dengue infection many years after vaccination among individuals who was not uncovered to dengue just before vaccination, and also the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) decision to suspend vaccinations, Brazil’s National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) recommends that those who have didn’t have connection with herpes don’t take the vaccine.

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Sanofi reported on the follow-up study evaluating vaccinated people already have contracted dengue with uninfected people. The particular groups were adopted up for six years in the first dose.

Preliminary data demonstrated that individuals not have contracted dengue fever before finding the vaccine might be more prone to develop more serious types of the condition when they were bitten with a bug have contracted dengue.

The recommendations of Anvisa is: those who are Aids negative (who have not had connection with the dengue virus) shouldn’t go ahead and take vaccine.

This is a Q & A around the subject from Anvisa (computer converted):

What’s Anvisa’s recommendation for that dengue vaccine?

The recommendations is: those who have didn’t have connection with herpes don’t take the vaccine.

This can be a precaution, because the preliminary data of the complementary study aren’t conclusive. Quite simply, it’s not yet statistically confirmed whether there’s an elevated risk within the age bracket that the vaccine is indicated (9 to 45 years).

For individuals who reside in places that dengue epidemics haven’t been recorded, the recommendations isn’t to accept vaccine because individuals during these areas are most likely seronegative (didn’t have connection with the dengue virus).

Residents of places that a dengue epidemic has happened should evaluate, along with their physician, the recommendations from the vaccine to define the potential risks from the disease and also the potential benefits and perils of vaccination.

Why have these studies only come to light now?

Every new drug remains monitored and researched upon receipt of registration upon reaching the marketplace. This phase is known as publish-market and serves exactly to recognize situations not described throughout the clinical research phase, only identifiable using the large-scale use and it is lengthy-term follow-up. Data in the six-year follow-up studies were sent through the manufacturer every time they needed.

Within the situation from the dengue vaccine, the pre-registration research phase introduced together about 40,000 individuals from various areas of the planet, including South america. However, despite this number of individuals certain cases appear only if the drug starts for use with a bigger group.

“Having connection with the virus” is equivalent to getting sick?

No. Many people already have contracted dengue infections don’t know that. That’s, you will find people infected through the virus, but they don’t get the signs and symptoms from the disease.

What’s the risk to who required the vaccine?

First, you should clarify: the vaccine doesn’t cause dengue. Who causes dengue may be the virus, contained in the majority of South america. People vaccinated or otherwise, when bitten by infected nasty flying bugs, might or might not have signs and symptoms from the disease.

The research discovered that whomever required the vaccine rather than had prior connection with herpes may present a .5% greater chance of hospitalization and .2% for severe dengue when compared with formerly vaccinated persons.

I required the very first dose from the vaccine, must i go ahead and take other doses?

There’s no data on the chance of certain illness and hospitalization based on the quantity of doses received.

Persons already vaccinated, with a couple of doses, should seek care from the medical expert to evaluate the options from the disease in the area in which the patient lives, concentration of transmission and age to judge the advantage of finishing or otherwise the vaccination schedule.

But when I ever endured dengue since i would go ahead and take vaccine?

Dengue is really a disease brought on by four different serotypes, it’s as though these were four kinds of dengue. So even if you’ve ever had dengue, you might get sick again for an additional serotype. Additionally, the vaccine isn’t 100% effective from the virus, out of the box already mentioned within the package leaflet.

I don’t think I’ve ever endured dengue, exactly what do I actually do?

If you reside in places that dengue epidemics haven’t been recorded, the recommendations isn’t to accept vaccine because individuals during these areas are most likely seronegative (didn’t have connection with the dengue virus).

If you reside in places that a dengue epidemic has happened, you should evaluate, along with your physician, the recommendations from the vaccine to go over the potential risks from the disease and also the potential benefits and perils of vaccination.

I’ve already vaccinated, ok now what?

The rule of thumb is identical for individuals vaccinated or otherwise, ie all must maintain should maintain preventive steps against bug bite after vaccination and really should seek a physician when they develop indications of dengue. These signs are persistent high fever in excess of 2 days, discomfort or tenderness abdominal discomfort or tenderness, persistence of vomiting, mucosal bleeding, sleepiness and hyperactivity, based on WHO guidelines, 2009.

What sort of gravity shall we be speaking about?

Within the proportions of 1 to 4 (being 4 the greatest, based on WHO classification of 1997), utilized in the research a lot of the cases were in 1 and a pair of, in other words, less serious. No deaths were recorded during studies associated with vaccination and all sorts of cases retrieved with routine treatment.

So why do people already vaccinated have dengue?

No vaccine guarantees 100% protection. Within the situation from the dengue vaccine the typical is 66% protection, decrease in hospitalizations of 80% and protection against severe types of 93% following the third dose from the vaccine.

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Philippines: WHO supports decision to suspend the continuing dengue vaccination program

WHO realizes that lots of people within the Philippines are worried about dengue vaccination, following a discharge of new details about Dengvaxia® through the vaccine manufacturer released a week ago.

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The brand new information signifies an elevated chance of severe dengue infection many years after vaccination among individuals who was not uncovered to dengue just before vaccination.

Like many more within the Philippines, Who’s waiting for the expert analysis of recent data and assistance with its implications for utilisation of the vaccine. Meanwhile, WHO props up Philippines Department of Health’s (DOH) decision to suspend the continuing vaccination programme until more details can be obtained. This really is appropriate within the conditions.

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At the moment, it’s also vital that you clarify the next:

  • WHO’s position around the dengue vaccine was printed in This summer 2016, according to recommendations from the Proper Number of Experts on Immunisation which met and printed preliminary advice in mid-April 2016.
  • The WHO position paper didn’t incorporate a recommendation to countries introducing the dengue vaccine to their national immunization programs. Rather, WHO outlined a number of factors national governments should consider in deciding whether or not to introduce the vaccine, with different overview of available data at that time, together with possible risks.
  • These incorporated the next: first, utilisation of the vaccine must only be looked at in places that a higher proportion (preferably a minimum of 70%) from the community had recently been uncovered towards the virus second, the vaccine must only get offers for to individuals 9 years old and above and third, people being vaccinated should receive 3 doses.
  • WHO acknowledged mid-April 2016 these conditions made an appearance to become met within the 3 parts of the Philippines where the dengue vaccination effort had been ongoing in those days – noting that the choice to unveil the vaccine have been taken through the DOH before WHO’s advice grew to become available.

WHO anticipates the recommendation of their Proper Advisory Number of Experts on Immunization that will meet to examine the brand new evidence in a few days – so that as always, we stand ready to utilize the DOH to supply information to affected families, and also to offer the DOH’s deliberations on the way forward for the dengue vaccination programme.

Sanofi updates info on dengue vaccine

WHO is constantly on the advise anybody (vaccinated or otherwise) with indications of dengue disease – high fever, severe headache, discomfort behind your eyes, muscle and joint problems, nausea, vomiting, inflamed glands and/or rash – to find health care.