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New Market Research Study Shows Lung Cancer Treatments Differ Significantly by Both Age and Geography
Date:6/1/2009

ts to standard first-line treatments can prolong overall survival.

Almost 5,000 NSCLC Patients Monitored

Merck KGaA already had presented at last year's ASCO a landmark study for Erbitux in combination with standard 1st-line chemotherapy in advanced NSCLC which showed for the first time in 10 years a significant survival benefit in a broad patient population. In the current study Merck KGaA monitored 4,950 patients from May to mid-July 2008 across Western Europe (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the UK), the US and Japan. TNS Healthcare recruited oncologists in the US, oncologists, radiotherapists and pulmonologists in Europe and pulmonologists and respiratory surgeons in Japan to participate. Physicians who contributed provided information through on-line patient record forms.

About Merck...

Merck is a global pharmaceutical and chemical company with total revenues of euro 7.6 billion in 2008, a history that began in 1668, and a future shaped by 32,700 employees in 60 countries. Its success is characterized by innovations from entrepreneurial employees. Merck's operating activities come under the umbrella of Merck KGaA, in which the Merck family holds an approximately 70% interest and free shareholders own the remaining approximately 30%. In 1917 the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.

About TNS Healthcare...

TNS Healthcare provides market research consulting to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, as well as health-focused ad agencies, media and analysts. It offers globally consistent solutions and custom advisory services to support product introductions; brand, treatment and sales performance optimization; and physician and DTC promotional assessment.

Informing decisions across the life cycle, TNS Healthcare o
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