Germany and Spain seek to cut H1N1 vaccine orders

Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:29pm GMT

* German states discussing reduced deliveries with Glaxo

* Spain aims to return unused vaccine to various companies

* Move reflects slow uptake, could hit company profits

By Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Germany and Spain want to reduce deliveries of swine flu vaccine and potentially return excess supplies to manufacturers, due to low uptake of the shots, in a move that could hit drugmakers' profits.

Germany's health ministry said on Thursday that some German states had been in talks with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline about reducing deliveries of H1N1 vaccine, but the talks had as yet yielded no results.

The German federal government will also start negotiations in January with other countries that might be interested in taking some of its excess supplies, he added.

Germany said earlier this month it wanted to sell on more than 2 million H1N1 vaccine doses because of weak demand at home.   Continued...

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