GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced Monday it has submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PRIORIX (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live) and is seeking approval for use in active immunization against infection by measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
The MMR vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was first registered in Germany in 1997 and is currently licensed in more than 100 countries worldwide, including all European countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with more than 400 million doses distributed to date.
“If approved, PRIORIX will increase the number of vaccine offerings from GSK against childhood diseases in the US market and strengthen GSK’s long-term commitment to prioritizing public health in the US,” said Judy Stewart, Senior Vice President and Head of US Vaccines at GSK.
Measles, mumps and rubella are acute and highly contagious viral diseases that are responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality throughout the world. In recent years, measles outbreaks have occurred in the United States and globally with more than 400,000 cases confirmed in 2019, reversing decades of progress toward measles elimination in many countries.
“Outbreaks of measles in recent years demonstrate how quickly diseases can return in the absence of widespread immunization. This submission brings us one step closer to making PRIORIX available to the patients in the US and ensuring that health care professionals will have more than one option for this important disease prevention tool,” said Barbara Howe, MD, Vice President and Director, Vaccines Medical and Clinical, US at GSK.
If approved, PRIORIX would provide US healthcare providers with another MMR vaccine choice. GSK is also seeking approval for PRIORIX administration as a second dose to individuals who received another MMR vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella. Children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.
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