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The journal will publicize cases in which access to full clinical trial data is denied, Godlee said.


Canada, Switzerland Lift Ban on Novartis Flu Vaccines

Bans on two Novartis flu vaccines were lifted Wednesday by Canadian and Swiss health officials after they determined the vaccines were safe.

The two countries were among a number of nations that halted the use of the Fluad and Begripal flu vaccines after white particles were seen in the products, Agence France-Presse reported.

Use of the vaccines was also frozen in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Switzerland's national drug agency Swissmedic said the "security and efficiency of the vaccine are in no way weakened by these (particles) present in some syringes." The Public Health Agency of Canada said it is "advising health care professionals in possession of these vaccines that they can start using them once again," AFP reported.

"Novartis is working diligently with other health authorities to address their questions and resume distribution," the Swiss drug maker said Wednesday.


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