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RECALL: H1N1 nasal spray vaccine

Posted Dec 23 2009 10:05am

CDC Health Update 

Distributed via Health Alert Network

December 23, 2009, 9:20 EST (9:20 AM EST)

CDCHAN-00304-09-12-23-ADV-N


MedImmune Monovalent 2009 (H1N1) Influenza Nasal Spray Vaccine Shortened Shelf Life of Certain Lots

 

MedImmune announces limited, voluntary, non-safety-related recall of remaining unused product

 

Summary

On December 18 and 21, MedImmune notified CDC and FDA that the potency of 13 lots of  monovalent 2009 (H1N1) nasal spray vaccine had decreased below a pre-specified limit or were at risk of falling below that limit in the next week. This slight decrease in vaccine potency is not expected to have an impact on the protective response to vaccination. There are no safety concerns with these lots of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. All lots successfully passed pre-release testing for purity, potency and safety. However, because their potency is now or might soon be below the specified lower limit, MedImmune will send providers directions for returning any unused vaccine from these lots.

 

Recommendations

The potency of these lots is now or might soon be slightly below the specified range for the product. CDC and FDA are in agreement that the slight decrease in vaccine potency is not expected to have an impact on the protective response to vaccination. For this reason, there is no need to revaccinate persons who have received vaccine from these lots.

 

People who received vaccine from the recalled lots do not need to take any action. Children and adults aged 10 years and older who received the vaccine do not need any further doses of vaccine. As is recommended for all 2009 H1N1 vaccines, all children younger than 10 years old should get the recommended two doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine approximately a month apart. Therefore, children younger than 10 years old who have only received one dose of vaccine thus far should still receive a second dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. It is best to use the same type of vaccine for the first and second doses. 

 

Background

As part of its quality assurance program, the manufacturer of the nasal spray 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine, MedImmune, performs routine, ongoing stability testing of the vaccine after it has been shipped to providers. Stability testing means measuring the strength of a vaccine over time. 

 

The 13 lots subject to the recall include approximately 4.7 million doses. These doses were shipped to CDCs contract distributor in October and early November. Most of the doses are believed to have already been administered while fully potent and within specifications. However, there are almost certainly some doses that have not yet been used. 

 

The potency issue described here is specific to the 13 lots of nasal spray 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine listed below. Subsequent lots of the vaccine were produced with a slightly higher initial potency to decrease the chance that the potency would fall below specification before their expiration dates. Following its routine practice, the manufacturer will continue to monitor the stability of these subsequent lots. 

 

This recall does not affect 2009 H1N1 vaccine produced by other manufacturers. However, a similar recall was conducted recently, which involved lots from Sanofi Pasteurs pediatric 2009 H1N1 vaccine in 0.25 mL pre-filled syringes. (See http://www2a.cdc.gov/HAN/ArchiveSys/ViewMsgV.asp?AlertNum=00303)

 

Before they were shipped, the lots currently being recalled passed all quality controls and met all specifications for safety, purity, and potency.

 

MedImmune will send a notification to providers who received doses from any of the 13 lots of vaccine so that they can return any unused vaccine. 

 

Lot Information

Providers are being asked to return any vaccine in the following lots that remains unused to the manufacturer:

 

     500754P

     500751P

     500756P

     500757P

     500758P

     500759P

     500760P

     500761P

     500762P

     500763P   

     500764P     

     500765P 

     500776P     

 


For More Information:

For Questions and Answers related to the withdrawn vaccine see 

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/sprayrecall_qa.htm 

Call CDCs toll-free information line, 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348, which is available 24 hours a day, every day. 

For manufacturers information about the recall, see http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/H1N1_Recall_QandA_122209.pdf 

For manufacturers instructions to providers on actions to be taken, see http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/H1N1_Recall_letter_122209.pdf 


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