January 27, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting of the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Tuesday to determine the safety and efficacy of Ragwitek, a short ragweed pollen allergen extract tablet for sublingual use.

January 16, 2014

Merck on Wednesday commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation for approval of vorapaxar.

January 13, 2014

Merck on Monday reported on its intent to explore strategic options for its animal health and consumer care businesses.

January 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administraiton has approved a liquid formulation of an HIV drug made by Merck, the company said.

January 9, 2014

Novartis AG is reportedly in talks with Merck to swap its animal health and vaccines businesses for Merck’s OTC business, which includes the Coppertone sunscreen and Claritin allergy medicine brands, according to a Bloomberg report.

December 30, 2013

Drug maker Merck is starting a new business designed to provide weight-management intervention services to employers, patients and healthcare professionals, the company said.

December 26, 2013

Actavis said it was likely the first company to file with the Food and Drug Administration for approval of a generic version of a contraceptive device made by Merck, the generic drug maker said Tuesday.

December 17, 2013

Three organizations will receive part of $1.3 million in funding that German drug maker Merck KGaA and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are distributing for MS research.

December 16, 2013

A redesigned version of an injector pen used to treat infertility is available for distribution in the United States, the manufacturer said.

December 3, 2013

Forest Labs is spending at least $240 million to buy rights to a psychiatric drug made by Merck, the New York-based drug maker said.

November 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new tablet form of an antifungal drug made by Merck, the company said Tuesday.

November 15, 2013

An experimental human papillomavirus vaccine made by Merck could offer a boost to the vaccine market, but the company will have to use effective marketing efforts to ensure uptake, according to a new study.

November 15, 2013

New cardiovascular health guidelines released this week could dampen the potential popularity of an up-and-coming class of cholesterol drugs, according to published reports.

October 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy designation to an experimental drug made by Merck for hepatitis C, the drug maker said.

October 18, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pre-filled injector pen made by EMD Serono for infertile women, the company said Friday.

October 14, 2013

The National Community Pharmacists Association on Sunday recognized Merck with its 2013 Corporate Recognition Award — the award recognizes a company for its support and work on behalf of independent community pharmacies — during NCPA’s 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.

October 10, 2013

When it comes to laws and regulations, what happens in Europe stays in Europe generally, and doesn’t have much bearing on the United States. But a recent win in Europe for U.S. drug maker Hospira could have some implications for the United States as well.

October 9, 2013

Flu is at the top of the list of diseases older adults plan to ask about, according to results from a new Harris Interactive consumer awareness survey, sponsored by Merck. Most of the more than 600 surveyed adults age 60 years and older are at least somewhat likely to ask their healthcare professional about preventing the flu this year, and are significantly more likely to ask about this than prevention of such other potentially serious diseases as shingles.

September 26, 2013

Merck Consumer Care announced that Oxytrol for Women is now on shelf for the more than 20 million women suffering from overactive bladder.

September 19, 2013

A trade group for the generic pharmaceutical industry is hoping the Food and Drug Administration will allow biosimilars to share the same generic names as their branded biologic counterparts, saying that giving biosimilars their own generic names would not enhance safety.

September 10, 2013

European regulators have approved the European Union's first biosimilar monoclonal antibody. The new product, made by U.S.-based Hospira, comes seven years after the approval of Europe's first biosimilar.

September 10, 2013

Drug maker Depomed has expanded the geographic scope of a license agreement it has with Merck for diabetes drugs, the company said.

September 10, 2013

Segmenting foot care by calling out products specifically targeting women is still a viable strategy for a category presently climbing at a 2.8% clip toward $672.7 million in device sales for the 52 weeks ended July 14 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

August 8, 2013

The big news in incontinence is Oxytrol, which doesn't reach store shelves until September. It's a switched product coming from Merck Consumer Care that brings an entirely new indication to the over-the-counter space — overactive bladder in women.