ZURICH Oct 31 Switzerland's health watchdog
said on Wednesday it had lifted a ban on the delivery of
Novartis' flu vaccines imposed last week after the drugmaker
presented evidence supporting the vaccines' safety and efficacy.
Last week, Italy banned the sale of four anti-influenza
vaccines produced by Novartis pending tests for possible side
effects after small particles were found in some of the
Swissmedic said Novartis had handed over documents showing
that small particles found in the vaccines were the product of
normal protein particles and not external impurities.
"According to the scientific data presented to us, the
safety of the vaccines is not compromised by the stray
aggregates," Swissmedic said in a statement.
After Italy acted, other countries including Switzerland,
Austria, Germany, Spain and France followed suit by suspending
deliveries, recommending the use of alternative products or
recalling batches of the vaccines.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley)