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Cipla, Serum Institute launch Hepatitis B vaccine

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Drug firm in collaboration with Serum Institute of (SII) today launched Hepatitis B vaccine for adults.

As per Cipla's co-exclusive agreement with SII, the former will market the vaccine for adults while the latter will market it for adults and children, a company statement said.

MD and Global CEO Umang Vohra said: "This agreement will enable to provide affordable vaccines for a chronic disease like Hepatitis B. Cipla's strong marketing network and reach will ensure maximum accessibility of the vaccines in "

In India, around 40 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B. This infection is responsible for 70 per cent of chronic hepatitis and 80 per cent of liver cirrhosis, the statement said.

Since 2002, the Hepatitis B vaccine has been a part of India's Universal Immunization Programme. The vaccine is given in three doses that include one after the first month of the first dose and the second after 6 months post the first dose.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 16:57 IST