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Takeda To Develop, Market Novartis Hib Drug In Japan

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Novartis have signed a partnership agreement to develop and market a vaccine to prevent meningitis in Japanese children. The vaccine is Novartis' Vaxem-Hib that prevents haemophilus influenza Type B, the lead cause of meningitis and pneumonia. Takeda is to conduct clinical trials in Japan for the vaccine and take the drug through the approval process, marketing it under the Novartis brand name. Takeda is paying Novartis just over $1 million initially, with milestone payments and royalties to follow. (Click here for more
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