Focus On The Core: Merck Claims R&D Restructuring Poised To Produce Results
At an R&D day presentation in Boston, Merck executives claimed R&D restructuring is beginning to bear fruit, presenting the pharma with a host of near-term launch possibilities. Outside of cancer immunotherapy, Merck has obtained or anticipates approvals in cardiovascular health, insomnia, diabetes, hepatitis C, osteoporosis and allergies.
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