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Dev Biol (Basel). 2002;110:99-105.

Development of vaccines for bio-warfare agents.

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Division of Vaccines and Related Products Applications, Office of Vaccines Research and Review, CBER/FDA, Rockville, Maryland 20852, USA. rosenthals@cber.fda.gov

Abstract

There is a recognized need for the development of new vaccines (as well as other biologicals and drugs) to counteract the effects of a potential bio-terrorist or bio-warfare event in the U.S. domestic population and military forces. Regulation of products to protect against potential bio-warfare agents poses unique challenges since the usual measures of efficacy that require exposure to natural disease may not currently be possible, for epidemiological and ethical reasons. To help to address this issue, the FDA has published and requested comments on a proposed animal rule intended to address certain efficacy issues for new agents for use against lethal or permanently disabling toxic substances. Recent product development activity has focused on Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) and variola major (smallpox), agents that are regarded as highest priority in posing a risk to national security. FDA resources exist to assist vaccine developers with regard to the novel challenges posed in the dinical development of these products.

PMID:
12477312
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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