By Tracy Staton
Merck’s ($MRK) Gardasil journey is becoming a saga, with twists and turns all over the place. When first approved, the vaccine against human papillomavirus was tagged as a no-brainer blockbuster.
But uptake of the vaccine hit a snag; after about a third of eligible girls were vaccinated, sales growth stalled. The company’s bid to expand marketing to older women fell short. But then the FDA decided to approve Gardasil for use in boys and young men to prevent genital warts.
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