Posted February 06, 2019 04:33:12 A year ago, Merck Pharmaceuticals was forced to shut down a trial of a new anti-disease medication, Merzbacher, after the company admitted to using misleading data in a marketing document.
The company also said the drugs could cause side effects, including blood clots, when taken in high doses.
But the results were not enough to justify the trials, and in September, Merzbacher was pulled from the market.
In the wake of the scandal, Mercursen, a pharmacy benefit manager for the company, told Bloomberg News the drug had no significant side effects and was approved for use in about 10% of the U.S. population.
The story has focused on Merck over the past year, with the company facing criticism over the data used in marketing materials.
But what about Merck itself?
Is the drug actually a safe alternative to prescription anti-cancer drugs, or just a more expensive and controversial option?
According to the Merck website, the drug was developed by Merck-affiliated research company BioRad, which was established to develop drugs to treat cancers and other serious diseases.
“Our primary objective with our research is to develop new, safe, and effective therapies for cancers, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and other conditions,” the company states.
BioRad’s website says the drug is designed to be used in conjunction with other therapies, including immunotherapy, and to treat infections.
The drugs are marketed under the brand names Merck, Mercbacher, and Mercury.
A spokesperson for Merck told Bloomberg that the company has a long-standing policy against discussing its research.
However, the company did tell Bloomberg in a statement to Bloomberg News that it does not use “any data or research that is not publicly available.”
But that may be changing.
The FDA is moving to crack down on what it calls fraudulent marketing.
In February, the agency ordered Merck to stop using false information about the drug.
“We’re going to be looking for these types of misrepresentations that are in the public domain,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Timothy O’Neil said in a press conference at the time.
“If you’re trying to sell something that is going to cost $400,000 a year, and you have no data on its effectiveness, I think that’s misleading.”
That would likely include claims that the drug will prevent the development of blood clumps, or that the drugs will prevent heart disease.
The agency also ordered Merco to stop making the drug’s name and brand visible on Merbacher’s packaging and labeling, and said the company must submit its data on how the drug works to FDA for verification.
The Merck drug, called Merzbauer, is not approved for human use.
It has a 60-day safety and tolerability period before being approved for patients.
It’s only approved for treatment of blood clotting disorders in cancer patients.
The drug’s label says that the blood clotting effects occur within two weeks.
The label also says the drugs are not recommended for use by those with pre-existing blood clumping or cancer conditions.
Merck also said it would make changes to its clinical trials, but the company didn’t say what those changes would be.
The changes are a first step toward the agency’s plan to conduct more extensive reviews of the drugs to determine if there are any risks.
Merco is also required to provide an annual report to the FDA detailing the amount of money it spent on clinical trials.
That report would be the most comprehensive document available about how the drugs have performed.
The data also would help the FDA make sure the drug has not caused harm.
In January, Merco said it had made significant improvements in the efficacy of its drug, and that the FDA has agreed to review the drug for potential safety issues.
In a statement, Mercopts CEO and chairman Jim Schott said the FDA is working to make Merzbaauer safe for people.
“The FDA is in the process of conducting a thorough review of our clinical trial data, and we are committed to providing updates to our customers and the public about the findings of this review as soon as possible,” he said.
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Food and Drug Administration is considering revising Merck and other anti-fungal drugs as it moves forward with the drug review.
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