Sale and Use of Novartis Flu Vaccines Banned

by Sheela Philomena on Oct 25 2012 10:16 AM

Sale and Use of Novartis Flu Vaccines Banned
Italy bans the use and sale of several flu vaccines produced by Swiss drugs group Novartis.
"The health ministry and the Italian medicines agency (AIFA) have decided to take the precaution of banning immediately the use of the vaccines" Aggripal, Fluad and Influpozzi, it said.

On the basis of information supplied by Novartis, AIFA "has decided that it is necessary to carry out further tests regarding the quality and the safety" of the vaccines, which "can produce collateral effects," the statement said.

Citizens are advised not to buy or use the drugs until further notice, the ministry said.