While GlaxoSmithKline is still awaiting late-stage results for its shingles vaccine, HZ/su, Cowen & Co. analysts believe the vaccine may just be better than Merck's Zostavax.
Two Ebola vaccines, one developed by the NIH and GlaxoSmithKline and the other by Merck and NewLink, have sailed through Liberian trials and, based on the results, may now advance to Phase III trials.
Merck's new-and-improved Gardasil is making headway in Europe with the word late last week that the European Medicines Agency has recommended the jab against 9 types of human papillomavirus and will send its blessing to the European Commission.
Are two breakthrough cancer drugs better than one? Pharma giant Merck and Waltham, MA-based Syndax plan to find out in a Phase Ib/II study matching the tiny biotech's entinostat with Keytruda, Merck's big anti-PD-1 therapy newly approved for melanoma.
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.
Adding $10 billion to its stock buyback program might mean Merck & Co. wants to keep investors happy as its sales continue to shrink. That would be the typical explanation. But The Wall Street Journal sees a different possibility--one the rest of the industry might want to pay attention to.
Advantage Merck in the melanoma immunotherapy race. The U.S.-based company says its PD-1 drug Keytruda met its goals in a head-to-head study with Bristol-Myers Squibb's Yervoy (ipilimumab), dealing a blow to that company's growing immunotherapy franchise.
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 & Co. says it's expecting yet another rejection from the FDA for its anesthesia drug sugammadex, as the agency scrapped an advisory panel's review of the drug slated for next week. The FDA told the company it plans additional site inspections before it hands the info over to an advisory committee.
Merck's anesthesia drug sugammadex has been cited repeatedly over the years as one of the top experimental meds in the pharma giant's pipeline, a trophy obtained in its megamerger with Schering. But the treatment has racked up a painful series of setbacks over the years, starting with its first rejection at the hands of the FDA 7 years ago and continuing now with a third looming rejection over unresolved questions surrounding a hypersensitivity study performed for its pitch to the agency.