Trivandrum: HLL Biotech Ltd (HBL), a subsidiary of HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL), a Govt. of India Enterprise under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, has notched up another major milestone by becoming the first public sector undertaking to launch cost-effective Pentavalent vaccine (PENTAHIL) and Hepatitis B vaccine (HIVAC B) in the country.
Lov Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. Of India launched the new vaccines at his chamber here today. Dr. M Ayyappan, Chairman, HBL was present during the occasion.
The Secretary said that launch of Pentavalent vaccine and Hepatitis B vaccine manufactured by HBL is a milestone of HBL’s vaccine project ‘Integrated Vaccines Complex’ for making available cost effective vaccines. This will primarily strengthen the Immunization program of India”.
The launch of PENTAHIL will make available cost effective Pentavalent vaccine, to protect them from 5 potentially deadly diseases by a single injection. By the launch of PENTAHIL and HIVAC-B, HBL will fill the gap of availability for affordable vaccines in the country.
The launch of PENTAHIL and HIVAC B by HBL will strengthen the health policy of the country by making available Pentavalent vaccine and Hepatitis B vaccine in public sector.
Dr. Ayyappan said, “The launch of PENTAHIL & HIVAC–B vaccines is a remarkable achievement to HBL and this proves that public sector organizations can deliver effectively, if given the freedom to operate”.
He also said that the construction of Integrated Vaccines Complex (IVC) is progressing as per schedule and once commissioned, HBL will roll out other vaccines like Measles, BCG, Rabies (Human), Japanese encephalitis and Hib vaccines for supplying to the National Immunization programme.
The PENTAHIL and HIVAC B will be made available initially in Indian private market, starting with Kerala & Tamil Nadu and followed by Pan India marketing. Subsequently, HBL will start supply Pentavalent and Hepatitis B vaccines for GoI immunization programme and will cater the requirement of other institutions as well.
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