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Wise Young
02-05-2006, 03:24 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/04/national/04vaccine.html?hp&ex=1139029200&en=8f3007c4bb023ae1&ei=5094&partner=homepage


Vaccine Against Diarrhea-Causing Virus Is Approved

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By GARDINER HARRIS
Published: February 4, 2006

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — Federal drug regulators on Friday approved an oral vaccine against a common form of diarrhea that kills half a million children around the world each year.

While rarely fatal in the United States, the disease sends 55,000 American children to the hospital with severe dehydration.

The vaccine, called RotaTeq, has been shown to prevent almost entirely the life-threatening bouts of diarrhea and vomiting that result from rotavirus infections, which eventually afflict every child. Merck, the medicine's maker, has said it will charge $187.50 for a series of three oral doses, making it one of the most expensive vaccines sold.

That price may undercut the usefulness of the vaccine because the children least able to afford it will be the ones most in need of it.

RotaTeq could force some state health departments to abandon long-held promises to vaccinate all children regardless of income.

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roshni
02-05-2006, 01:15 PM
"That price may undercut the usefulness of the vaccine because the children least able to afford it will be the ones most in need of it."

No small caveat.