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E Merck introduces Livogen Z with zinc sulphate

E Merck has launched Livogen Z, in the market with zinc sulphate.Livogen Z is one of the three versions of the trademark haematinic drug Livogen.Livogen was an old product of Glaxo India with Rs 3 crore revenue.Glaxo India Ltd has sold its Livogen brand to E Merck India Ltd. ....According to a notification sent to the // Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Glaxo India signed a memorandum of understandi...

Merck to pay $ 253.5 million to Vioxx victim family

On Friday, a Texas jury found Merck liable for the death of Robert C. Ernst, who died in May 2001 after taking Vioxx, a pain killer made by the company. After two days of deliberations, the jury said that Carol Ernst, Mr. Ernst’s widow, // should be awarded $ 253.5 million. .. ..Over 5 years, about 20 million people worldwide took Vioxx before Merck stopped selling the drug in September 2004, aft...

Merck and Takeda to collaborate in the sale of Cancer drug Matuzumab

Merck Pharmaceuticals from Germany and Takeda Pharmaceuticals from Japan to colloborate in marketing of Merck's cancer drug Matuzumab. .. ..Matuzumab is developed by Merck which is in its Phase II // clinical tiral. Takeda Pharmaceuticals will sign agreement with Merck to give royalty and sale benefits from the sale of Matuzumba. Takeda will pay 60 million euros to Merck with an addition of roya...

Judgment In Favor Of Merck For Vioxx Drug

Atlantic City jury has given a judgment in favor of Merck the manufacturers of the controversy drug Vioxx which caused heart attacks in patients who took the drug. The judgment had said that the Merck will not be held liable //for the 2001 heart attack suffered by a man taking the painkiller, but still faces thousands more similar lawsuits and it is clear that the manufacturers clearly gave ear...

Merck, ICMR to conduct joint trials on cervical cancer vaccine

Merck & Co, known as MSD India, has entered into a collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct studies on the former's investigational cervical cancer drug, Gardasil.// ..This is the first public-private partnership in vaccine development in India. Under the agreement, clinical trials will be conducted for a human pappiloma virus (HPV) vaccine that causes cervical...

Merck in the Dock Due To Vioxx

The Vioxx case takes a bad turn when the Texas jury awarded $32 million for the family of a 71-year-old man who had died after consuming the painkiller Vioxx. // But this will be greatly reduced by state law. The legal experts say that the verdict is a weak case against Vioxx maker Merck & Co. Inc. .. The jury awarded Leonel Garza's family $7 million in compensatory damages for mental anguish a...

Merck Says Januvia Effective In Type 2 Diabetes

Merck & Co Inc has said that Januvia, its oral, once-daily medicine for type 2 diabetes has shown promise in combating the disease and had significantly reduced //blood sugar levels. This was true when the drug was used alone or in conjunction with two commonly used therapies (metformin or pioglitazone). ....Merck presented the results of the Phase III trials at the American Diabetes Association...

Dr Reddy's Launches Generic Version Of Mercks Proscar Tablets

Pharma major Dr Reddy's Laboratories today announced that it has launched the authorized generic version of Merck's Proscar tablets 5 mg (Finasteride) on June 19. // ....The company has also launched the authorized generic version of Merck's Zocor tablets (Simvastatin) 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg yesterday, a company release said. .. ..In January this year, the company entered into separ...

Patency On Two Drugs From Merck & Pfizer’s To Expire Soo

Two drugs Zocor, and Zoloft from pharmaceuticals Merck and Pfizer respectively are to be removed of their patency rights this month. // ....Zocor, which is a cholesterol-reducing drug from Merck and Zoloft, antidepressant from Pfizer is both going off patent this month. It was reported that Merck's patent for Zocor expires Friday while Zoloft loses patent protection on June 30. CNN money had ear...

Developing Nations to Get Gardasil at Lesser Rates from Merck Soon

Pharma giant Merck and Co., hopes to offer Gardasil, to developing countries at affordable rates.// Gardasil, marketed by Merck is the only vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus, that is insinuated to cause the deadly cervical cancer. .. Statistics reveal that cervical cancer is rampant in developing countries.80% of deaths attributed to cervical cancer is seen to occur in developing nations....

Acid Test - Glaxo's Cervarix, and Merck's Gardasil, Compete

GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Europe's pharmaceutical giant, is finalizing its plan of action, to test its experimental// vaccine Cervarix against Merck & Co.'s Gardasil, in a bid to establish the most effective vaccine against cervical cancer. ....The study, which will be conducted in the United States, will seek to evaluate the immune responses of women aged 18 to 26 years old, to two strains of the hu...

Ranbaxy in Fray to Buy Merck's Generic Drugs Unit

Davos: After six global acquisitions last year, India's Ranbaxy Laboratories has entered the market again to acquire the generic drugs business of German// pharmaceuticals major Merck in a deal estimated at over $5 billion. ....‘We are in talks with private equity funds to finance the deal,’ Ranbaxy's chief executive Malvinder Singh said on the margins of the annual meeting of the World Economic...

Merck Cuts Price of Efavirenz for Developing Countries Again

Merck & Co has cut the price of efavirenz 600mg tablets (Stocrin) for developing countries that qualify for its access programme//, the company announced yesterday. ....It is the second price cut in a year, and crucially, it will make the branded version of efavirenz cheaper than a generic import in Thailand, where a compulsory license was recently issued to allow importation of efavirenz from...

Merck Announces Plans for Licensing Atripla Widely in Developing World

Merck & Co is seeking to register its three-in-one fixed dose combination Atripla in 66 developing countries, in addition to seeking// World Health Organization prequalification for the product, the company announced on Friday. ....Atripla, which is a single tablet containing a daily dose of efavirenz, tenofovir and emtricitabine, will be priced at $613 a year for least developed countries and...

Dr Reddy's Eyeing for Generics Arm of Merck

Dr Reddy's Laboratories, one of India's largest manufacturers of generic medicines,// is the latest Indian company working on putting in a bid for a major European company - the generics arm of German pharmaceuticals giant Merck. ...."We will take a look at it and then decide," G.V. Prasad, Dr Reddy's vice-chairman and chief executive officer, told The Times here. He added that any bid from Dr R...

Merck's Pain Reliever Arcoxia Rejected by US Federal Advisory Panel

An advisory panel of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected pharmaceutical giant Merck's bid to market Arcoxia,// a new osteoarthritis medication following concerns that it may carry cardiovascular risks. ..Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. ..While healthy cart...

Brazil Will Purchase Merck’s Antiretroviral If Price Not Lowere

Brazilian Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao on Wednesday signed a decree declaring that the country would purchase from an India-based drug maker a generic version of Merck's// antiretroviral Efavirenz if the company does not offer the drug at a lower price. ....According to the decree, Efavirenz is a "public interest" medicine. Temporao at a news conference said the country did not issue the...

Brazil Government In Contention With Merck Over Anti-AIDS Drug

The Brazil government is up against giant drug manufacturers- Merck &Co. //The issue in contention is the ‘pricey’ anti-AIDS drug Efavirenz...According to the Brazilian government, there is no call to charge as much as 1.59 US dollars for a 600mg pill when Thailand is paying 65 cents for the same. .. Negotiations between Merck and the Brazilian government began last November. Last week the gover...

Brazilian President Silva Issues Compulsory License for Merck's Antiretroviral Efavirenz

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday issued a compulsory license to produce a lower-cost, generic version of Merck's antiretroviral Efavirenz, the AP/Forbes reports. ......World Trade Organization regulations allow governments to declare a "national emergency" and issue compulsory licenses on any grounds without consulting the foreign patent owner. Brazilian Health Minister J...

Brazil Opts for Indian Drugs Bypassing Merck

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has allowed his country to ignore US pharmaceutical giant Merck's patent on AIDS drug Efavirenz and opted for a cheaper generic alternative from India. ...With a decree he signed Friday, Brazil will be able to import generic versions of Efavirenz from three companies in India - and the price for the drugs will be 72 percent lower than the price char...

Brazil Government In Contention With Merck Over Anti-AIDS Drug

The Brazil government is up against giant drug manufacturers- Merck &Co. The issue in contention is the pricey anti-AIDS drug Efavirenz....According to the Brazilian government, there is no call to charge as much as 1.59 US dollars for a 600mg pill when Thailand is paying 65 cents for the same. ... Negotiations between Merck and the Brazilian government began last November. Last week the govern...
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