Merck Recalls 1.2 Million Doses Of Childhood Vaccine

December 13, 2007 WASHINGTON (Dow Jones Newswire) — Merck & Co. is recalling about 1.2 million doses of a childhood vaccine used to protect against meningitis, pneumonia and other serious illnesses after the company found the equipment used to make the vaccine was contaminated with bacteria. The Whitehouse Station, N.J., firm has halted production of the vaccine and likely won’t resume production until the third quarter of 2008 and shipments until the fourth quarter, probably causing a temporary shortage of the widely used vaccine. Full Report