GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals withdraws its application for a scientific opinion for Globorix

Press release 16/10/2007

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has been formally notified by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals s.a. of its decision to withdraw the application for a scientific opinion for the medicinal product Globorix vaccine (DTPw-HBV/Hib-MenAC, powder and suspension for suspension for injection). Globorix was intended to be used exclusively for markets outside of the European Union (EU).

The application for Globorix was submitted under Article 58 of Regulation (EC) No 726/2004, which allows the Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to give opinions, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), on products that are intended for use outside the EU. Medicines eligible for this procedure are used to prevent or treat diseases of major public health interest. This includes vaccines used in the WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization or for protection against a public health priority disease, as well as medicines for WHO target diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis.

Globorix was expected to be used for primary immunisation of infants (during the first year of life) and for booster immunisation (during the second year of life) against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b and Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A and C.

The application for a scientific opinion for Globorix was submitted to the EMEA on 2 March 2007. At the time of the withdrawal, it was under review by the Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).

In its official letter, the company stated that the withdrawal of Globorix was based on its consideration that Globorix does not fit in the current WHO vaccination strategy in relation to meningococcal disease in the African meningitis belt.

More information about Globorix and the state of the scientific assessment at the time of withdrawal will be made available in a question-and-answer document that will be published on the EMEA website after the next meeting of the CHMP on 15-18 October 2007.


  • Withdrawal of an application does not prejudice the possibility of a company making a new application at a later stage.

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