In a matter of weeks Merck plans to move a closely-watched combination treatment for hepatitis C into a Phase III trial. The move will boost Merck's late-stage pipeline to 13 programs, giving new R&D chief Roger Perlmutter some additional evidence to back up a case that the leviathan outfit has finally shaken off the lethargy that led to a years-long drought of significant approvals, focusing on pioneering therapies that can carve out badly needed revenue.
Sanofi CEO Chris Viehbacher may be reconsidering his November plans to spend just €1 billion to €2 billion per year on acquisitions. Rumor has it the drug giant is eyeing a bid for Merck's OTC unit, which could sell for up to $12 billion.
As Roche, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck race to the market with promising immunotherapies for advanced melanoma, analysts' sky-high sales estimates for the new drug class may soon have to reckon with revenue-slashing competition and pricing pressures.
The Merck executive leading the company's digital innovation unit has warned that Boston's startups can still improve, particularly with regards to the degree of scientific rigor applied to their apps.
India's Cipla has been aggressive about taking aim at Western meds it thinks are too expensive for the Indian market, sometimes targeting those that have seen their patents pushed aside by compulsory licenses. But drugmaker Merck has a new deal with Cipla that might help it sidestep that issue.
Concerns about cost and promiscuity have led to many countries struggling to increase uptake of human papillomavirus vaccines. England fits into this category, but survey data suggests it has a more fundamental problem: High-risk groups are less likely to be offered the vaccine.
Promising data could spell a new recommendation for Pfizer's Prevnar 13 pneumococcal vaccine in older adults, adding up to $1 billion in global sales. But some of Prevnar 13's sales will ride on Pfizer's marketing success with the 65-and-over crowd--which has proven a tough nut to crack for competitor Merck.
As new research findings indicate, the number of U.S. cattle deaths linked to Zilmax could reach into the thousands. That's far higher than the figures Merck reported to the FDA, Reuters reports. And it could seriously interfere with Merck's plans to relaunch the $160 million growth-stimulating drug.
If the U.K. adopts the two-shot model, it may use the cash it saves to vaccinate boys against HPV.
Ireland's liberal tax code continues to attract drugmakers, but some of the long-term players are cutting back on their extensive manufacturing there. Bristol-Myers Squibb, with plans to lay off about 160 workers at two facilities, can now be added to that list.