GlaxoSmithKline recalls hexavalent vaccine in 20 countries around the world - (Examiner via NewsPoints Desk)

  • GlaxoSmithKline ordered a recall of certain batches of Infanrix Hexa in 20 countries around the world for a possible risk of contamination with bacillus cereus, Examiner reported Friday.
  • Bacillus cereus can cause food poisoning and intestinal disorders and is generally found in food and soil.
  • The withdrawal took place in Albania, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, the Netherlands, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Great Britain and Vietnam.
  • The recall followed a retrospective survey, conducted by the manufacturing company, which found the possible risk of contamination in production areas.
  • The hexavalent vaccine is given to children in three doses for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, haemophilus B and whooping cough.

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