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Investigator database looking for new members after adding Novartis and Pfizer to ranks

Having made the big decisions about how their database of clinical trial investigators will work, collaborators Eli Lilly, Merck and Johnson & Johnson are looking to add more members to a roster already swelled by the arrival of Novartis and Pfizer.

Study: Moral concerns lead barriers to Gardasil uptake in college freshmen

Research has shown that HPV vaccines don't lead to risky sex. But that doesn't mean they pass every patient's morality test. On the contrary, moral concerns about Merck's Gardasil were the greatest barrier to immunization among college freshmen, a Michigan study found.

Top 10 best-selling vaccines of 2013

The vaccine market has long been dominated by the Big 3--Sanofi, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline--with Pfizer and Novartis trailing the trio on the list of revenue-generators. But things are changing at the top.

Actavis commits $48M to revitalizing Puerto Rico plants

Puerto Rico's drug production sector has had an eventful few years, with investments by Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb and others being offset by cutbacks at Merck and Pfizer. Now the island can add another line to its list of positive events: Actavis is investing $48 million to revitalize assets it acquired in the takeover of Warner Chilcott.

Lilly, Merck juggle cost and complexity in manufacturing strategies

Over the past decade patent expiries have forced many Big Pharma to close production plants that supported decades of growth. With the current and next generations of small molecules and biologics raising the bar for manufacturing complexity, Eli Lilly, Merck and their peers face a choice: build plants or outsource?

R.I.P.: Merck and Endocyte yank vintafolide app

Now that the ovarian cancer drug vintafolide has crumbled in Phase III, Merck and its partner Endocyte have pulled their conditional marketing application in Europe and are moving to close down the study.

HCL Tech adds Novartis to roster of Big Pharma clients

India-based HCL Technologies has shown a skill for winning Big Pharma contracts, like the $500 million deal it inked with Merck in 2010. HCL has now added Novartis to its list of clients, with the Swiss pharma signing up to outsource its infrastructure management to the IT services company.

People most in need of Merck's shingles jab often not vaccinated

Not enough people are being vaccinated against shingles, and those who are at the highest risk for the painful viral infection, such as those with immunosuppressive disorders like HIV, are not able to receive the vaccine because of safety issues, according to a new study.

What we learned from the big ASCO cancer drug data dump

Wednesday night's big round of ASCO news highlighted a few key memes with major implications for cancer drug development and everyone who works in the field. Overall, there were no big surprises in the news. And that's news in itself.

UPDATED: Merck sells Colorado biologics plant to KBI

Merck has closed or sold a number of manufacturing operations as part of its most recent restructuring, an effort to hack $2.5 billion in expenses from its operating costs. The drugmaker has now added to its list a biologics plant in Boulder which 5 years ago it picked up for $130 million.