The success of Australia's HPV vaccination catch-up program has given the country a world-leading trove of real-world data on the effectiveness of Merck's Gardasil. By mining this database, researchers have estimated the vaccine halves the risk of young women developing high-grade cervical abnormalities.
Merck and its biotech partner are working to build a franchise of allergy immunotherapies, and their latest effort, an oral treatment for house dust mite reactions, improved symptoms in a mid-stage study.
Drugmakers aren't spending as much on speaking fees these days. Some companies--namely Pfizer and Eli Lilly--have slashed physician payments by more than half.
The earnings reports for the biggest of Big Pharma are all in. Bayer reported last week, making it possible to see how they stacked up as they came into the new year. There are no big surprises....
Even in the world of Big Pharma, where pipelines of a dozen or more late-stage drugs are common, a couple of blockbuster-sized experimental programs can make a huge difference for the forward-looking analysts who cover these companies. Let's use Merck as an example.
Back in 2010, Ariad Pharmaceuticals' ridaforolimus was a promising cancer therapy worth up to $700 million in the eyes of Merck. Now, in light of an FDA rejection and some dimming development prospects, Merck has quietly washed its hands of the drug, handing it back to its former partner.
Getting costs down on vaccines is always a big deal to countries like India, and so the government there is putting pressure on GlaxoSmithKline and Merck to give it a break on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, according to The New Indian Express.
The FDA accepted Merck's application for V503, a next-generation HPV vaccine designed to usurp Gardasil, setting the stage for a near-term approval and some likely blockbusting sales figures.
Last week, we heard that Merck's consumer unit was bearing down on a sale, with a price of $10 billion-plus. Now, Reuters sources say the deal could be worth up to $12 billion, with several consumer and healthcare companies in on the hunt.
While talks of a rumored swap between Merck's consumer-goods business and Novartis' animal health and vaccines units have cooled, sources now tell The Wall Street Journal they expect industry heavyweights to put in bids that could surpass $10 billion, and Merck has already received preliminary offers for the business.