[SaneVax: Did Sanofli Pasteur fail to disclose their tuberculosis vaccine may have been contaminated during a flood of their manufacturing facility? According to CTV news, the possible contamination was discovered during a routine inspection by Canadian Health Authorities. One has to wonder why the manufacturer did not report the potential contamination when the flood occurred.]
Tuberculosis vaccine recalled over contamination fears
By The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The sole supplier of tuberculosis vaccine in Canada has recalled all doses because of concerns the product may have been contaminated.
Health Canada announced Friday that Sanofi Pasteur was recalling roughly 4,700 vials — or 47,000 doses — of the so-called BCG vaccine. Another 1,000 vials produced as part of the affected lots had not been distributed by the company.
The concerns came to light following routine inspections of the company’s Toronto manufacturing facility in May and early June, a senior Health Canada official said in an interview.
Dr. Paul Gully said the building in which the vaccine is made was flooded last October, and there remain ongoing production challenges related to the flood.
“It made Health Canada concerned there is a possibility of contamination,” said Gully, senior medical adviser to the deputy minister of Health Canada. Gully said, though, that testing so far has not identified any contaminated product.