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Approvals In Brief

This article was originally published in Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly

Executive Summary

Merck’s HPV vaccine Gardasil clears FDA June 8 for use in females ages nine to 26; CDC’s AdvisoryCommittee on Immunization Practices will review the vaccine June 29. Teva’s Parkinson’s disease therapy Azilect is approved May 16 with a Phase IV study focused on melanoma risk. Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade expands its Crohn’s disease labeling to include pediatric patients. More approvals in brief

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