Letter to the editor
Editor, – Having just read the interesting editorial'H1N1 immunisation: too much too soon?' (Aust Prescr 2010;33:30-1) by Peter Collignon, it would be evident that considerable waste took place in the delivery of the vaccine to the patient. Not only in the use of multi dose vials, but in the waste of the unused vials which now have to be discarded with the introduction of the new 2010 trivalent influenza vaccine. I wonder if details of the wastage and relevant costs are available.
I understand that CSL developed the swine flu vaccine and delivered the vials to the Commonwealth Health Department. Was CSL paid by the Government for the vaccines or did CSL bear the loss?
As Deputy Chair of the Return Unwanted Medicines Project, I would also be interested to know how the unused vaccine vials are to be destroyed I hope it is in an environmentally responsible manner!
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