FDA Suspends Use Of GSK's Rotavirus Vaccine

Law360, New York (March 23, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended that physicians temporarily stop using GlaxoSmithKline PLC's Rotarix vaccine for rotavirus, following a finding that it is contaminated with a strain of a pig virus.

“There is no evidence at this time that there is a safety concern,” Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner for food and drug, said Monday.

The contaminant, which is DNA from porcine circovirus 1, or PCV1, is commonly found in meat products and is not known to infect humans.

The FDA recommended suspension while...
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