Novartis shipping 30 million doses of influenza vaccine well ahead of 2014-2015 season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Novartis on Wednesday announced that it has begun shipment of its seasonal influenza vaccines to customers in the U.S. market for the 2014-2015 season. Novartis plans to ship a minimum of 30 million doses of vaccines (Flucelvax and Fluvirin). 
 
Flucelvax, which is approved for use in adults 18 years of age and older, is manufactured with cell-culture technology, a modern, alternative production method for influenza vaccines to the traditional egg-based production method. 
 
Fluvirin is indicated for persons 4 years and older.
 
Novartis is the only influenza vaccine manufacturer to use production technologies based on cell-culture (Flucelvax) as well as eggs (Fluvirin), the company stated.
 
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