On 19 November, the Grand Hall of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation hosted the 4th award ceremony for the winners of the National Import Substitution Award ‘PRIORITY-2018’. Petrovax Pharm was the winner in the ‘Priority – Pharma’ category for the development and practical implementation of Russia’s first 4-valent influenza vaccine Grippol® Quadrivalent.
The investment project aimed at bringing to market of 4-valent influenza vaccine Grippol® Quadrivalent was implemented by Petrovax Pharm in 2018 to open up new opportunities for the national healthcare providers in influenza prevention. The project is not only important in terms of import substitution, but it also has an evident export potential.
Grippol® Quadrivalent is the most advanced flu vaccine in the world protecting against four influenza virus strains, i.e. two flu type A viruses (A/H1N1 + A/H3N2) and two type B viral cell lineages (B/Yamagata + B/Victoria). Since 2012, the WHO has recommended influenza immunization with quadrivalent vaccines, which is related to the necessity of boosting preventive efficacy of flu vaccines and, as a result, reducing morbidity rates, economic losses, and increasing the population’s trust in annual immunization. Until recently, only six countries manufactured quadrivalent flu vaccines, i.e. Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and France. Since 2018, Russia is an independent quadrivalent flu vaccine manufacturer as well.
Importantly, Grippol® Quadrivalent is manufactured in Russia full-cycle starting from API production to the applicable GMP regulations. The manufacturing process employs an antigen sparing technology. The vaccine is preservative-free and is supplied in single-shot syringes. According to health economics studies, in case of replacing a 3-valent vaccine for a 4-valent vaccine, the estimated number of prevented flu cases in Russia over an epidemic season will be 265.8 thousand.
The National Award ‘PRIORITY’ is the most prestigious award in Russia for the best enterprises in their respective industries. The objective of this competition is to support local manufacturers, including those with export and import substitution potential that have adopted an innovative development strategy, developed new, unique technologies, and maximized their industrial production efforts over a year. The competition is supported by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, Federal Antimonopoly Service, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, All-Russian Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia), Federal Customs Service as well as other industry-specific organizations.