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Monday, March 31, 2008

Merck and Schering-Plough Gets another Blow with Zetia and Vytorin Sidelining

Chicago -On Sunday, executives at Merck and Schering-Plough were visibly shocked when an expert panel here at the American College of Cardiology meeting told thousands of doctors not to use their top-selling drugs, Zetia and Vytorin. That night, at a press conference, they strongly contested arguments that they had not proved the drugs were safe.
On Monday morning, things got worse. Rival AstraZeneca said it had stopped its 15,000-patient clinical trial of its Crestor because an independent safety committee said there was proof the drug prevents heart attacks, strokes and deaths. The result came six months ahead of schedule.
Read the complete report at Forbes.

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