Canada Pulls Novartis Flu Vaccines Over Safety Concerns

Law360, New York (October 29, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT) -- Novartis AG on Friday agreed to suspend distribution of two seasonal flu vaccines in Canada at the behest of Canadian health officials, following a similar suspension in Europe after small, clumping particles were discovered in vaccines manufactured at a Novartis plant in Italy.

Health Canada said it had asked Novartis to temporarily halt distribution of flu vaccines Agriflu and Fluad until it has completed a review. The regulator’s public health division also advised all health care providers who have the vaccines not to use them until...
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