AZ/MedImmune's FluMist gets big boost with new indication

Share this article:
MedImmune announced that the FDA has approved the use of its FluMist in children 2-5 years old, an indication that significantly expands the market for the nasal vaccine.

The company, which AstraZeneca acquired for $15.6 billion in June, had initially seen disappointing returns on the product, approved in 2003 for patients ages 5-49, due to its onerous storage requirements and its age restrictions – the very young and old being the most vulnerable to influenza. It brought in a meager $36.4 million last year.

However, the company won approval for a new formulation that could be stored refrigerated instead of frozen early this year, and now, with access to one of the prime markets for flu vaccines, the product's prospects are looking brighter.
Share this article:
close

Next Article in News

Email Newsletters

More in News

Sanofi tightens PCSK9 race, exceeds Q2 expectations

Sanofi tightens PCSK9 race, exceeds Q2 expectations

Sanofi and partner Regeneron attached a $67.5-million priority review voucher to their experimental cholesterol drug alirocumab, making for a tighter race with Amgen.

HHS shows how diabetes adds up

HHS shows how diabetes adds up

A 2005-to-2010 survey shows diabetics 65-and-up juggle at least four co-morbid conditions and five medications for them.

AstraZeneca beefs up respiratory portfolio

AstraZeneca beefs up respiratory portfolio

AstraZeneca has made an $875-million move to beef up its respiratory pipeline by making Almirall's lineup its own.