Merck launches US generics operation

Germany's Merck has established a US generics operation in New York -- Genpharm -- to ease access to the company on this side of the Atlantic. Robert J. Mauro, the former president of the troubled Able Laboratories in New Jersey, has been named president of Genpharm. "This will increase Merck's presence in the world's largest pharmaceutical market and will help solidify our position as the world's third-largest global generics company," said Hank Klakurka, CEO of the Merck Generics Group, a wholly owned business of Merck in Darmstadt, Germany.

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