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"Vaccine for shingles receives U.S. approval"


Source: CBC.CA

Published: 26 May 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (1 star)

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A new vaccine for shingles, a painful infection caused by the chickenpox virus, has been approved in the U.S., health officials said Friday.
Merck & Co. Inc., manufacturer of the vaccine Zostavax, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval late Thursday.
The vaccine is intended only for adults 60 years of age and older who previously have had chickenpox...

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Criteria Rating
Total Score 2 of 10
Availability of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

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This short story is good in describing shingles disease, its cause, prevalence and side effects; however does not tell anything about the source and type of the evidences which support this new vaccine, its possible side effects, its cost and availability in Canada, also available comparative alternatives for prevention and treatment of the disease.

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