Bexsero

meningococcal group-B vaccine (rDNA, component, adsorbed)

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An overview of Bexsero and why it is authorised in the EU

Bexsero is a vaccine used to protect individuals from the age of two months against invasive meningococcal disease caused by one group of the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (group B). Invasive disease occurs when the bacteria spread through the body causing serious infections such as meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spine) and septicaemia (blood infection).

Bexsero contains parts of the bacteria N. meningitidis group B.

How is Bexsero used?

Bexsero is available as a suspension for injection in a pre-filled syringe and can only be obtained with a prescription. Itis given by deep injection into a muscle, preferably into the shoulder muscle, or into the thigh muscle in children under two years old. The number of injections given, and the interval between them, varies depending on the age of the patient.

Bexseroshould be used according to official recommendations. For more information about using Bexsero, see the package leaflet or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How does Bexsero work?

Vaccines work by ‘teaching’ the immune system (the body’s natural defences) how to defend itself against a disease. When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system recognises the parts of the bacterium contained in the vaccine as ‘foreign’ and makes antibodies against them. When the person is then exposed to the bacterium, these antibodies together with other components of the immune system will be able to kill the bacteria and help protect against the disease.

Bexsero contains four proteins which are found on the surfaces of cells of the N. meningitidis group B bacterium. The vaccine is ‘adsorbed’. This means that the proteins are fixed onto a compound containing aluminium, to stimulate a better immune response.

What benefits of Bexsero have been shown in studies?

Two main studies showed that Bexsero was effective at stimulating an immune response to N. meningitidis group B. The studies measured the production of protective antibodies which are able to kill the bacteria.

The first main study involved 2,627 children who were two months old when the study started. The effects of giving three doses of Bexsero at two-month intervals together with other routine infant vaccinations were compared with giving the routine vaccinations alone. This study was extended to look at the effects of giving a booster dose of Bexsero at or after 12 months of age to children who had already received Bexsero in early infancy, compared with giving two ‘catch-up’ doses to those who had not. The study showed that Bexsero was effective at stimulating an immune response to N. meningitidis group B. In addition, a single booster dose of Bexsero at 12 months of age produced a stronger immune response in children who had already received Bexsero than the first of two ‘catch-up’ doses in children of the same age who had not.

The second main study involved 1,631 adolescents aged between 11 and 17. The effects of giving one, two or three doses of Bexsero (at intervals of at least one month) were compared with giving placebo (a dummy treatment). The study showed that Bexsero was effective at stimulating an immune response to N. meningitidis group B and that two doses were needed to produce an adequate immune response.

A smaller supportive study was also carried out in adults and similar results were seen in this study.

What are the risks associated with Bexsero?

The most common side effects with Bexsero in children up to 10 years of age (seen in more than 1 patient in 10) are eating disorders, sleepiness, unusual crying, headache, diarrhoea, vomiting, rash, arthralgia (joint pain), fever and irritability as well as tenderness, swelling, hardness and redness of the skin at the injection site. The most common side effects with Bexsero in adolescents from 11 years of age and adults (seen in more than 1 patient in 10) are headache, nausea (feeling sick) and malaise (feeling unwell), myalgia (muscle pain) and arthralgia as well as pain, swelling, hardness and redness of the skin at the injection site.

For the full list of side effects and restrictions with Bexsero, see the package leaflet.

Why is Bexsero authorised in the EU?

The European Medicines Agency decided that Bexsero’s benefits are greater than its risks and it can be authorised for use in the EU. Bexsero has been shown to produce a robust immune response to N. meningitidis group B and the risks are acceptable. Although group B meningococcal disease is relatively uncommon in Europe, it is more common in certain regions of Europe. Young children are most at risk, followed by adolescents.

What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of Bexsero?

Recommendations and precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients for the safe and effective use of Bexsero have been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet.

As for all medicines, data on the use of Bexsero are continuously monitored. Side effects reported with Bexsero are carefully evaluated and any necessary action taken to protect patients.

Other information about Bexsero

Bexsero received a marketing authorisation valid throughout the EU on 14 January 2013.

Name Language First published Last updated
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public BG = bălgarski 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public ES = español 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public CS = čeština 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public DA = dansk 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public DE = Deutsch 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public ET = eesti keel 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public EL = elliniká 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public EN = English 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public FR = français 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public IT = italiano 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public LV = latviešu valoda 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public LT = lietuvių kalba 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public HU = magyar 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public MT = Malti 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public NL = Nederlands 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public PL = polski 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public PT = português 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public RO = română 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public SK = slovenčina 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public SL = slovenščina 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public FI = suomi 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public SV = svenska 2013-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Summary for the public HR = Hrvatski 2013-01-28 2018-07-11

This EPAR was last updated on 11/07/2018 .

Authorisation details

Product details

Product details for Bexsero
NameBexsero
Agency product numberEMEA/H/C/002333
Active substance

recombinant Neisseria meningitidis group-B NHBA fusion protein / recombinant Neisseria meningitidis group-B NadA protein / recombinant Neisseria meningitidis group B fHbp fusion protein / outer membrane vesicles from Neisseria meningitidis group-B strain NZ98 / 254 measured as amount of total protein containing the PorA P1.4

International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

meningococcal group-B vaccine (rDNA, component, adsorbed)

Therapeutic area Meningitis, Meningococcal
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code J07AH09
Additional monitoring

This medicine is under additional monitoring. This means that it is being monitored even more intensively than other medicines. For more information, see medicines under additional monitoring.

Publication details

Publication details for Bexsero
Marketing-authorisation holder

GSK Vaccines S.r.l.

Revision18
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union14/01/2013

Contact address:

GSK Vaccines S.r.l.
Via Fiorentina, 1
IT-53100 Siena
Italy

Product information

Product information

07/06/2018  Bexsero -EMEA/H/C/002333 -II/0059

Name Language First published Last updated
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - Product Information HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11

Contents

  • Annex I - Summary of product characteristics
  • Annex IIA - Manufacturing-authorisation holder responsible for batch release
  • Annex IIB - Conditions of the marketing authorisation
  • Annex IIIA - Labelling
  • Annex IIIB - Package leaflet

Please note that the size of the above document can exceed 50 pages.

You are therefore advised to be selective about which sections or pages you wish to print.


Name Language First published Last updated
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11
Bexsero : EPAR - All Authorised presentations HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28 2018-07-11

Pharmacotherapeutic group

Meningococcal vaccines

Therapeutic indication

Active immunisation against invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup-B strains.

Assessment History

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

Initial marketing-authorisation documents

Name Language First published Last updated
CHMP summary of positive opinion for Bexsero HR = Hrvatski 2012-11-16  
Bexsero : EPAR - Public assessment report HR = Hrvatski 2012-01-28  

Authorised

This medicine is approved for use in the European Union