which now include sugammadex and asenapine from Organon.
"Schering-Plough now has four full years of accomplishments since we began this transformation," said Hassan. "In that time, we also brought a new culture to the company - focused on meeting the needs of our customers and patients, and founded on a commitment to quality, compliance and business integrity."
Hassan continued: "As we begin 2008, new challenges have emerged, especially the initial reaction to the ENHANCE trial. We and our joint venture partner Merck acted with integrity and good faith with respect to that trial. We stand behind VYTORIN and ZETIA, behind the validity of the science, and behind our commitment to doing what's right for patients and physicians."
The company noted that the pharmaceutical industry continues to be subject to ever-more critical scrutiny, where events can be mischaracterized and drive amplified reactions. The company believes that new scientific data are best presented and discussed at appropriate scientific and medical forums.
Medical experts and health advisory groups have long recognized high LDL cholesterol as a significant cardiovascular risk factor and recommended increasingly aggressive treatment of high cholesterol for certain patients. While it is too early to tell the impact of the ENHANCE trial results on the cholesterol business, lowering LDL cholesterol, along with healthy diet and lifestyle changes, remains the cornerstone of lipid treatment for patients at risk for heart disease. Clinical studies have demonstrated that VYTORIN lowered patients' LDL cholesterol more than rosuvastatin, atorvastatin and simvastatin at the doses studied and was able to get more patients to their goal.
The company reviewed progress in the integration of OBS since the transaction closed in November 2007.
"The strategic soundness of th
|SOURCE Schering-Plough Corporation|
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