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Vaccine adviser approached for a new Meningitis B child vaccine by GSK

Vaccine adviser approached for a new Meningitis B child vaccine by GSK

GLAXOSMITHKLINE (GSK), a pharmaceutical company that will provide a new meningitis B vaccine for all infants, met Leo Varadkar’s special adviser shortly before a price deal was struck with the company.

According to the lobbying register, Liam Cullen, government-affairs director at GSK, met Brian Murphy, adviser to the Fine Gael , Health Minister, on October 2 to discuss the introduction of the vaccine and brief him on “supply timelines should the government decide to launch a programme”.

Ireland became the second country in Europe, following Britain, to introduce a free meningitis B vaccine for infants after a deal was struck with GSK last month.

The register shows that GSK discussed its 2015 acquisition of rival drug company Novartis’s vaccines portfolio for €4.8bn, noting it now had potential to “broaden the national immunisation schedule with particular focus on meningitis B”. A note states there was “no specific agenda” for the meeting.

Source: Inputs from AFP
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