Merck to seek approval for 8 new drugs in 2012-13

The Sacramento Bee

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 – 7:02 am

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck & Co. plans in the next two years to seek U.S. approval for eight new medicines and has other promising drugs in late-stage testing.

In 2012 and 2013, Merck will seek approval for drugs for chronic insomnia, hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis and reversal of anesthesia, plus an improved version of its blockbuster cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil.

Altogether, the company has 19 candidates in late-stage human testing for a broad range of diseases.

Research head Peter Kim told analysts during a daylong business briefing that Merck has two experimental drugs that could transform patient care. One, called anacetrapib, is in final-stage testing for hardening of the arteries. The other, known only as MK-8931, is in early testing for Alzheimer’s disease.

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One wonders if the new and approved Gardasil will be contamination free? If that si teh case we need to be buying yup contaminated vials of Gardasil to find out how the hell they destroyed our adolescent boys and girls lives….SV

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