Study Demonstrates Benefit of West’s ID Adapter for Improving Intradermal Administration of Polio

EXTON, Pa., Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today shared the results of a study highlighting the benefits of West’s ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration of polio vaccines. The study results were presented at the Fourth Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by Dr. Ondrej Mach, Clinical Trials and Research Team Lead, Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and recently published in the journal Vaccine.i 


The two-phase field campaign evaluated the feasibility of using fractional inactivated poliovirus vaccine (fIPV) in remote locations where polio outbreaks have persisted. The study demonstrated that fIPV delivered via West’s ID Adapter, used in conjunction with a staked needle syringe by Helm Medical GMBH, offers a safe, effective, dose-sparing option for drug delivery.

“We are pleased that our ID Adapter performed so well in this critical research study that addresses a vital medical need,” said Karen A. Flynn, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, West. “West is proud to offer a solution that can help improve the reliability and performance of intradermal injections while also extending the limited supply of IPV.”

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease that mainly affects children under five years of age. Caused by a virus, polio invades the nervous system and can cause partial to total paralysis in a matter of hours. There is no cure for polio; it can only be prevented through administration of the polio vaccine.ii Fortunately, a 20 percent fractional dose of intradermal IPV has been proven just as effective as a full dose of intramuscular inactivated poliovirus vaccine, while allowing significant dose…

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