GlaxoSmithKline Pulls Swine Flu Vaccines in Canada

November 24, 2009

LONDON (AP) - The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline says it has advised medical staff in Canada to not use one batch of swine
flu vaccine for fear it may trigger life-threatening allergies.

GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White said Tuesday the
company issued the advice after reports that one batch of the swine
flu vaccine might have caused more allergic reactions than normal.

She says the affected batch contains 172,000 doses of the
vaccine. She declined to say how many doses had been administered
before the advice to stop using them was given.

White says GlaxoSmithKline wrote to Canadian healthcare
professionals advising them to stop using the batch on Nov. 18. She
says a total of 7.5 million doses of the vaccine have been
distributed in Canada.


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