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Doubling down in diabetes

Merck shoring up slowing diabetes franchise with Pfizer, Abide deals

May 6, 2013 7:00 AM UTC

Against a backdrop of flattening sales of its only marketed diabetes drugs and a new class of oral drugs - SGLT2s - entering the market from competitors, Merck & Co. Inc. appears to be shoring up its position.

Last Monday, Merck and Pfizer Inc. announced they will co-develop and co-commercialize Pfizer's ertugliflozin, plus fixed-dose combinations of the oral sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor with metformin and with Merck's Januvia sitagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor...

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