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Suspected contamination leads to recall of meningitis C vaccine

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b896
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    Two batches of meningitis C vaccine distributed to general practices across England have been recalled by the medicines watchdog amid fears that they may have been contaminated.

    The manufacturer, Novartis Vaccines, raised the alarm last week after routine sampling of a shipment of doses from the same two batches air freighted to the United States showed contamination with Staphylococcus aureus.

    The sterility of the solvent, aluminium hydroxide, which is used to mix the vaccine, had been compromised.

    In all 61 117 doses of meningitis C vaccine (Menjugate Kit) were sent to the UK, of which 17 000 …

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