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September 15, 2005

GlaxoSmithKline wins $2.8M U.S. avian flu antiviral contract

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that it has awarded GlaxoSmithKline Plc a contract worth $2.8 million to produce 84,300 treatment courses of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) for treatment of the avian flu. The department said the agreement with GlaxoSmithKline will provide HHS with an initial supply of zanamivir, an antiviral medication that is effective in reducing the severity of symptoms of human seasonal influenza. The H5N1 virus that is circulating in Southeast Asia appears to be sensitive to the antiviral activities of these drugs, the department said. HHS has received the full shipment from this order. HHS also awarded Sanofi-Aventis Group's Sanofi Pasteur unit a contract worth $100 million to produce avian flu vaccine.

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