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Study Says Bird-Flu Vaccine Comparison Tests Vary Too Much

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A British study warns drug makers the tests they conduct to determine the effectiveness of their avian influenza vaccines may not be as true as previously thought. The study looked at the tests vaccine makers use and said the sensitivity of the tests varies according to values used. That, researchers said, could lead the pharmas to over- or under-estimate the effectiveness of their vaccine's smallest dose for protection when compared with a competitor. One expert said the study means an effort should be made to develop a consensus on the values to be measured in such tests. (Click here for more

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