GSK says Cervarix effective against more viruses
LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Cervarix is the first product of its kind to show it protects against the five most common cervical cancer-causing viruses, Europe’s biggest drug company said in a statement on Tuesday.
A study, published in Tuesday’s issue of The Lancet, said that as well as protecting against the two most common virus types, the vaccine also provides protection against the next three most common cancer-causing virus types.
Glaxo said the additional efficacy could translate into approximately 11 to 16 percent extra protection against cervical cancer over and above the protection afforded by efficacy against the two most common types alone.
“This is really good news for primary prevention of cervical cancer as it indicates the vaccine could offer women additional protection … beyond what had at first been anticipated,” said Thomas Breuer, head of global clinical R&D at GSK Biologicals. Click here for the full article published by Reuters.