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Notice to Readers Marketing of Human Diploid Cell Strain Rabies Vaccine

Recently completed negotiations between Wistar Institute, Wyeth Laboratories, and Merieux Institute have resulted in an agreement whereby Merieux Institute is now able to market its vaccine directly to the private medical sector. Because some states may wish to continue their existing distribution systems, Merieux Institute representatives will be contacting state health departments within the next 2 weeks to determine how each state wishes to have the Merieux human diploid cell strain (HDCS) vaccine distributed.

For those states that wish to relinquish the distribution of vaccine in favor of private-sector sales, the vaccine will be available for purchase through either the Merieux offices in Miami, Florida, or a distribution point nearer the purchaser. Reported by Enteric and Neurotropic Viral Diseases Br, Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC.

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