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Are CV studies worth it for diabetes meds? After Merck and Sanofi's recent successes, some say no

Some industry watchers are wondering whether those large, expensive trials--which aren't long enough to establish long-term outcomes--were worth it.

Merck scores victory in India patent battle over top diabetes meds

Merck scored a victory in its patent battle with India's Glenmark Pharmaceuticals over copycats of the drugmaker's diabetes meds Januvia and Janumet, as India's highest court blocked the generics company from marketing its cheap versions of the drugs in the country.

Glenmark on yo-yo string sales journey with diabetes generics in U.S.

Glenmark's marketing of a couple of diabetes generics in the United States continues to fluctuate like a yo-yo on a string. Now the India drugmaker can return the drugs to market until April 28.

India's top court issues injunction on Glenmark from selling copy of Merck's Januvia

India's highest court has granted an injunction against Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, blocking it from producing and marketing a generic of Merck's Januvia (sitagliptin) for treating diabetes. A patent-infringement suit was not affected by the decision.

Merck touches off Canadian controversy with Januvia doctor survey

British Columbia's Pharmacare program stopped covering Merck's Januvia last week. Less expensive drugs in the same class were available to do the same job, officials reasoned; 35% less expensive, in fact. But Merck, obviously, disagreed with the choice. The drugmaker funded a survey about Januvia's delisting, via a grant to the Canadian Heart Research Centre

Merck taps celeb chef to deliver diabetes message to Hispanics

Back in April, Merck rolled out its America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals campaign, aimed at persuading patients to do what it takes to keep their blood sugar in check. Now, Merck has a new-but-similar campaign launching, but with a tighter focus: the Hispanic community, which is disproportionately affected by the disease.

Which big brands will still be bringing in the big bucks in 2020?

Best-selling drugs did well for themselves in 2013, churning out more than $76 billion in sales. But big-name brands could stand the test of time and help the top 10 rake in more than $80 billion in 2020, according to a new report.

The top 10 best-selling diabetes drugs of 2013

On this list of the best-selling diabetes drugs, you will find a mix of the old and new. According to data from EvaluatePharma, one of the big dogs of big pharma data, these top 10 drugs had more than $28 billion in sales last year. All of them, even number 10, were blockbusters.

Merck sales slump again, but cost cuts keep earnings coming

On the Big Pharma scorecard, Merck remains on a downward slide. Yes, third-quarter earnings beat estimates, but expectations were low, and it was cost-cutting that delivered the day. And though the Singulair drag on Merck's top line is easing up a bit--pulling overall sales back by 4%, rather than 9% in the first quarter--the Januvia malaise continues.

Merck gives up on unsuccessful Januvia combo drug Juvisync

As it announced cuts to its full-year sales forecast in July, Merck was able to point to growth in sales of Januvia and its offshoots, if only in the low-single-digit range.