Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline predicts swine flu gold rush

Richard Wachman

22 July 2009


Britain’s biggest pharmaceutical company is preparing to sell £3bn worth of swine flu drugs this year, it emerged today.

GlaxoSmithKline revealed its vaccine, one of the world’s first, could be available by September after the UK government placed advance orders for 60m doses.

It also disclosed that international governments were stockpiling large supplies of GSK’s anti-viral treatment Relenza, which can relieve swine flu symptoms.

Worldwide sales from the two drugs are expected to reach £3bn by January, but the company rejected claims it was exploiting the pandemic – stressing that profits would be much lower once development costs were taken into account.

It also said poorer nations would receive the vaccine for free with 50m doses to be donated to the World Health Organisation. More could follow, depending on demand.

The chief executive, Andrew Witty, said the company had been preparing for a pandemic for the last three-and-a-half years and had spent more than £1bn to ensure its factories could crank up production at short notice. “We don’t know how big this deal is going to be, but no-one can say we aren’t ready,” said Witty. “We are working flat out with governments around the world to come up with a solution.”

GlaxoSmithKline has also developed an anti-viral face mask, which is expected to be used by people such as “front line health workers.”

Swine flu is thought to have led to the deaths of 31 people in Britain so far and further details of its rapid spread are due to be released by the NHS tomorrow.

The world’s first human trials of a swine flu vaccine have begun in Australia, drug company officials said, as the global death toll from the virus rose to 700.

Two biotechnology companies have started injecting adult volunteers in the southern city of Adelaide.

In a sign of how quickly GSK is working to make sure a vaccine is available from September, the company said that “clinical trials will be limited, due to the need to provide the vaccine to governments as quickly as possible.

“Additional studies will therefore be required and conducted after the vaccine is made available.”

Doc here: To sum it up for the drug corporations – “It’s all about the money!”


Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline predicts swine flu gold rush


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2 Responses to “Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline predicts swine flu gold rush”

  1. Jeanne Mangual Says:

    I think that as these corporations are gearing up for their “pandemic distribution” of the so called “SAFE VACCINE” against H1N1 swine flu- those of us who endeavor a truly safe flu season in the naturopathic vein should be gearing up our immune systems to fight this engineered product. I would hope that you would reiterate in another blog post the many mechanisms we can employ to do so, just in case folks have forgotten the basic tenets of real health, self-created. I have found an excellent web site that is posting various naturopathic solutions based on many different disciplines that people follow- ie: ayurvedic medicine, traditional chinese medicine, herbal medicine, being among the foremost disciplines discussed: you can access this website at the following:
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  2. Jeanne Mangual Says:

    I just wanted to add another comment to my previous one-
    and it is this-
    Dr. Hand was, is now, and ever shall be (world without end, Amen)
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