Merck sends HPV vax to FDA

Share this article:
Merck adds heat to HCV competition
Merck adds heat to HCV competition

Merck upped the HPV vaccination race Thursday, filing the biologics license application for its nine-valent Human Papillomavirus vaccine.

The drugmaker currently manufacturers Gardasil, which protects against four types of HPV, a virus that causes just about every form of cervical cancer and is known to cause oropharyngeal cancer, which is cancer that affects the soft palate, tongue and tonsils. GlaxoSmithKline also makes an HPV vaccine, but it protects against fewer versions of the virus.

Although the R&D emphasis on all forms of cancer, particularly the recent push in immuno-oncology treatments, could make a vaccine that prevents cancer seem like a welcome achievement, recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the prevention-over-cure angle is not resonating with parents, a key demographic, because pre-teens are the target vaccination audience.

Among the CDC's findings: vaccination rates among girls are around 33%, far below a goal of 80%. While these figures reflect US rates, studies show common misconceptions about the vaccine keep parents from vaccinating girls across geographies: mainly, the assumption that vaccination will lead to unchecked sexual activity. These same studies have shown that vaccination has not increased sexual activity among vaccinated girls.

The vaccination rate among boys is lower, but rising: the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended making the vaccine a routine part of boys' healthcare in 2011.

Share this article:
close

Next Article in News

Email Newsletters

More in News

Meaningful use not linked to quality: study

Meaningful use not linked to quality: study

A recent study of physicians found no correlation between following EHR meaningful use requirements and providing consistently higher quality of care.

Lilly Q1 sales dip

Lilly Q1 sales dip

US sales fell 34% during the quarter, largely due to lower demand and lower prices for off-patent Cymbalta and Evista.

Gilead reaps huge HCV sales, payer fury

Gilead reaps huge HCV sales, payer fury

Sovaldi's debut has been marked by plenty of criticism from payers and lawmakers, but the hep. C drug's launch, now confirmed to be the fastest of all time, has also ...