The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent Merck & Co a
warning letter saying it has failed to correct a number of
manufacturing deficiencies at its main vaccine manufacturing plant
in West Point, Pennsylvania.
Drug giant Merck & Co has seen flat sales and a rise in
operating costs in the first quarter of 2006, as its restructuring
initiative, which contract manufacturers welcomed, takes its toll
on the company.
Merck & Co, still reeling from the impact of pulling its
painkiller Vioxx (rofecoxib) from the market, is to slash its staff
by 5,100 positions in a bid to save hundreds of millions of dollars
by the end of the year.
A new study suggests that there are important differences between
Merck & Co's Vioxx (rofecoxib) and other COX-2 inhibitors and
that this may account for variations in cardiovascular safety
within this drug class, writes...