Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Romanian flu vaccines recalled

BUCHAREST, Romania, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A flu vaccination program in Romania was suspended Monday due to the poor quality of the vaccines, officials said.

About 350,000 doses of the vaccine will be withdrawn from use, the news agency Romanian Times reported.

Health Minister Ritli Ladislau said the medicine was produced by the Romanian Cantacuzino Institute, and that its effect against the three most common influenza viruses had not been ensured. He also asked for an emergency report regarding the immunological value of the vaccine.

The vaccination program will be suspended until an analysis has been completed.

The ministry purchased 1 million flu vaccines at a cost of 2.5 million Euros ($3.2 million) to dispense free of charge to high-risk citizens. Ladislau also said that the money will be recovered.

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