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FDA panel recommends approval of new blood thinner despite serious side effects

Posted: January 20, 2014 Pharmaceutical

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel stunned analysts last week by voting to recommend the approval of an experimental new blood thinner from Merck despite concerns about serious side effects such as internal bleeding.

Pharmaceutical investors should look for alternatives to statin medications

Posted: October 19, 2013 Pharmaceutical

Investors wanting to win big in the pharmaceutical market should look to new kinds of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, treatments instead of putting money toward new or existing cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, Motley Fool advises.

Januvia sales may be threatened by pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer risk

Posted: July 19, 2013 Pharmaceutical

Drug maker Merck is putting most of its earnings “eggs” in one basket – Januvia, a type 2 diabetes drug – after its top-selling Singular went off patent protection and generic competition moved in. However analysts are unsure Januvia can

Generic Fosamax failed to warn that use could result in rare femur fracture

Posted: June 21, 2013 Pharmaceutical

Federal law does not stand in the way of a product liability lawsuit alleging the makers of a generic version of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax failed to update its warning label to conform with a revised label on the brand-name

FDA to review new type 2 diabetes treatment

Posted: March 2, 2013 Pharmaceutical

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started a review of Sanofi’s new once-daily type 2 diabetes drug lixisenatide. The drug was approved last month by European Union regulators, and will be marketed as Lyxumia. Sanofi has not yet selected

Fosamax maker ordered to pay $285,000 to woman who developed severe jawbone disease

Posted: February 22, 2013 Pharmaceutical

Merck, makers of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax, was ordered to pay $285,000 to a woman who claimed the drug caused her to develop osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) after dental surgery and that the company did not adequately warn about

Merck seeks approval for previously rejected combination cholesterol drug

Posted: January 7, 2013 Pharmaceutical

Merck & Co. is resubmitting the drug application for its combination cholesterol-lower drug MK-0653C, which was rejected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last March due to insufficient data.

Two autopsies reveal Gardasil antigens entered brain, potentially triggering inflammation and death

Posted: November 30, 2012 Pharmaceutical

A postmortem analysis of two girls from different parts of the world who died after receiving injections of Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has uncovered some astonishing evidence that components of the vaccine may be capable of triggering auto-immune

Complaints accuse Merck of mumps vaccine fraud

Posted: July 8, 2012 Consumer Fraud

An Alabama health care provider filed a lawsuit against Merck Monday, June 25, a week after a 2010 whistleblower lawsuit against the drug manufacturer was unsealed, revealing allegations that for a decade, Merck may have knowingly made and marketed a

Study shows shingles vaccine is safe, well tolerated

Posted: April 24, 2012 Pharmaceutical

The shingles vaccine is generally safe and well tolerated for adults ages 50 and older, according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Each year, more than a million adults in the United States develops shingles. It