India's first qHPV vaccine against cervical cancer gets DCGI's nod

New Delhi, Jul 12, 2022, IANS

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Tuesday granted market authorisation to India's first Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus vaccine (qHPV) against cervical cancer.

The vaccine is manufactured by Serum Institute of India and is scheduled to be launched later this year.

The apex regulator approval comes following the recommendation made by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation's Subject Expert Committee.

"For the first time there will be an Indian HPV vaccine to treat cervical cancer in women that is both affordable and accessible. We look forward to launching it later this year and we thank the DCGI @MoHFW_INDIA for granting approval today," Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawala said in a tweet.

Government advisory panel NTAGI had recently also approved the qHPV after reviewing the clinical trial data of the vaccine.