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Merck Downgraded over Drug Questions

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 12:29pm

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — An analyst has downgraded Merck & Co. from a "Buy" to "Sell."

Morgan Stanley & Co. analyst David Risinger, in a note to investors, cites concerns that upcoming study results could hurt sales of a blockbuster cholesterol medicine, plus an unexpected delay on a crucial experimental drug.

Results expected soon from an effectiveness study of Merck's combination cholesterol drug Vytorin, if not positive, could further cut into sales.

Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., said it won't apply for approval of its odanacatib (oh-DAN'-eh-cat-ib), a new type of osteoporosis drug, until 2014 instead of early this year. Management says it wants to wait until it has some additional study data.

Date: February 4, 2013
Source: Associated Press

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