The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee has voted unanimously in support of the approval of Shingrix, a non-live, recombinant subunit vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster in adult patients ≥50 years old.

“Today’s vote brings us one step closer to approval of Shingrix, which is specifically designed to overcome age-related weakening of the immune system,” said Dr. Emmanuel Hanon, Senior Vice President and Head of Vaccines R&D for GlaxoSmithKline.

Shingrix combines an antigen, glycoprotein E, and an adjuvant system, AS01B, intended to generate a strong and long-lasting immune response.

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While not bound by the Advisory Committee’s recommendation, the FDA takes its guidance into consideration. The FDA’s decision on the approval of Shingrix is expected in October 2017.

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