Published On: Tue, Jun 4th, 2013

CDC: No supply restrictions for rabies vaccine and human rabies immune globulin

In a follow up to a March report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the previous supply restrictions on human rabies vaccine and immune globulin has been lifted, according to a CDC update.

The federal health agency says Rabies vaccine produced by Novartis (RabAvert) is available for pre-exposure (PreEP) and postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) from wholesale distributors.

Old rabies vaccine photo/CDC

Old rabies vaccine photo/CDC

Rabies vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur (IMOVAX) is available for PreEP and PEP.

In addition, Human rabies immune globulin supplies are currently adequate.

*In an CDC update emailed June 6, the agency says:

  • Human rabies immune globulin produced by Sanofi Pasteur (Imogam) is currently restricted.
  • Human rabies immune globulin produced by Grifols (HyperRAB) is available with no restrictions.

This follows a Mar. 5 report when the CDC reported shortages in the supply in IMOVAX and the restrictions were in place.

Standard rabies exposure prevention messaging should be reinforced. The CDC continues to work with partners to monitor the status of rabies biologic supplies.

For people who have never been vaccinated against rabies previously, postexposure anti-rabies vaccination should always include administration of both passive antibody and vaccine.

The combination of human rabies immune globulin (HRIG) and vaccine is recommended for both bite and nonbite exposures, regardless of the interval between exposure and initiation of treatment.

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