"It is unconscionable that children in developing countries are still falling ill, or dying, by the hundreds of thousands every year from preventable diseases like invasive pneumococcal disease and meningitis," said Orin Levine, director of the vaccine delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "We need a range of tools to save children's lives and welcome advances like this one that help improve our ability to prevent life-threatening invasive pneumococcal disease."
"We are pleased that the WHO has prequalified the MDV presentation of Prevenar 13®, another crucial step in providing broader global access to this important vaccine for those who need it," said Susan Silbermann, President and General Manager, Pfizer Vaccines. "Pfizer is committed to continued innovation aimed at meeting the challenges of the developing world and helping to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease by providing a path for children in resource-limited countries to access a reliable supply of Prevenar 13®."
The MDV presentation of Prevenar 13® offers significant benefits to developing countries, including a 75 percent reduction in:
- Temperature-controlled supply chain requirements,
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) shipping costs, and
- Storage requirements at the national, regional, district, and community levels.
The Prevenar 13® MDV presentation includes the preservative 2-Phenoxyethanol, which enables use of the vaccine over a 28-day period following its first use, provided it is stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius. This presentation has been approved in the European Union following the positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in April 2016.
"It is encouraging to see vaccine manufacturers committed to addressing the unique conditions and challenges experienced by those of us working in communities whose health systems are still developing," said Dawda Sowe, Program Manager, Expanded Program on Immunization, The Gambia. "The MDV presentation is expected to aid in increasing availability of Prevenar 13®, thereby allowing us to help protect more infants and children against invasive pneumococcal disease."
The prequalified MDV presentation is expected to be introduced under the Advance Market Commitment (AMC) program in early 2017, for shipment to countries supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi). In January 2015, during Gavi’s pledging conference, Pfizer began to prepare for the potential introduction of Prevenar 13® in the MDV presentation by announcing a 20 cent reduction in cost, from $3.30 per-dose to $3.10 per-dose, in its MDV per-dose price for Gavi-eligible countries. Once the MDV presentation is introduced under the AMC, this pricing is expected to be available to all Gavi-eligible countries. In addition, expanded availability will enable Gavi-graduated countries to access the same pricing until 2025.
Pfizer Vaccines in the Developing World
Accelerating the availability of potentially life-saving vaccines around the world is a key component of Pfizer’s commitment to making true inroads toward global healthcare access. Through its participation in international public-private programs, Pfizer provides its 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Prevenar 13®, to infants and young children in the developing world to help protect against invasive pneumococcal disease. Since 2010, more than 40 low- and lower middle-income countries have launched pneumococcal immunization programs with Prevenar 13®, via the Advance Market Commitment, an innovative program by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.(1) With continued investment in research and development, Pfizer has helped meet the challenges of the developing world by providing innovative manufacturing, storage, inventory management, and supply chain solutions. Pfizer also continues to develop and deliver educational materials to aid healthcare workers in the field and supports surveillance studies to understand the impact of pneumococcal immunization programs on reducing the burden of disease.
About Prevenar 13®
Prevenar 13®*(pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine [13 - valent, adsorbed]) was first approved in the European Union (EU) in December 2009 for use in infants and young children to help protect against invasive pneumococcal disease. Prevenar 13® is approved for such use in more than 150 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. Prevenar 13® is the most widely used pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the world, and is included in the pediatric National Immunization Programs in 102 countries.(2,3) It is approved in the United States, EU and other countries for use in infants, older children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years.
In addition, Prevenar 13® is approved for use in adults 50 years of age and older in more than 100 countries. Prevenar 13® is now approved in the U.S., the EU and 44 other countries for use in adults 18 to 49 years of age.
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* Trademark. Prevnar 13® is the trade name in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan.
1. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Advance Market Commitment for Pneumococcal Vaccines: Annual Report. April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015. http://www.gavi.org/library/documents/amc/2015-pneumococcal-amc-annual-report/ Accessed March 2, 2016.
2. Data on file. Pfizer Inc, New York, NY. [Total Prevenar 13V Doses Through May 2016]
3. GlaxoSmithKline. GSK’s Synflorix™ receives CHMP positive opinion for major label extension. July 27, 2015. http://www.gsk.com/en-gb/media/press-releases/2015/gsk-s-synflorix-receives-chmp-positive-opinion-for-major-label-extension/ Accessed July 7, 2016.