Flu Vaccine is Free from Narcolepsy: EMA

On Thursday, the European drug regulators at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) stated that the news linking Pandemrix, the H1N1 swine flu vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, to narcolepsy was not at all true. According to the EMA, there has been no evidence that Pandemrix led to any cases of narcolepsy or any sleeping disorders, yet the investigation would still continue for duration of three to six months, in order to confirm the results. The investigations were conducted by Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use.

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder which causes the patient to fall in deep sleep suddenly. Narcolepsy is known to be caused mainly by environmental conditions or because of some genetic reasons.

The results of the investigations add to the information provided by the narcolepsy specialists. These health care professionals sent 81 reports to the EMA, regarding the issue. 34 specialists of the ones who sent these reports are from Sweden, 30 from Finland and 10 from France.

The EMA stated, "The committee concluded that the available evidence was insufficient to determine whether there is any link between Pandemrix and reports of narcolepsy, and that further studies were necessary to fully understand this issue".

The Pandemrix vaccine has been used since September of the year 2009 against the swine flu.