FONT-SIZE Plus   Neg

Merck Says ZOSTAVAX Reduced Incidence Of Shingles By About 70% In Phase 3 Study

Merck & Co. Inc. (MRK) said data from the pivotal Phase III study with ZOSTAVAX in adults ages 50 to 59 were published in the April 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

ZOSTAVAX is Merck's vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles. It is the only shingles vaccine licensed for use in the United States.

In the study, ZOSTAVAX significantly reduced the risk of developing shingles by nearly 70 percent in adults ages 50 to 59, compared with placebo. The results from this study provided the data that supported the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's expanded indication for ZOSTAVAX in March 2011 in this age group.

"The results of this study demonstrate the importance of ZOSTAVAX to help prevent shingles in adults ages 50 to 59. More than 95 percent of adults 50 and older have had chickenpox, putting them at risk for developing shingles," said Myron Levin, one of the study's investigators, and professor of pediatrics and medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital.

by RTT Staff Writer

For comments and feedback: editorial@rttnews.com

Business News

Quick Facts

Editors Pick
Bond management titan Bill Gross has filed suit against his former employer, PIMCO, for breach of contract related to his ouster from the company. Gross is looking for damages of at least $200 million for forcing him out of the company, according to court filings. Gross claims that other managers conspired to push him out of the firm he co-founded in order to improve their own finances. Large U.S. companies are holding trillions of dollars overseas in an effort to avoid U.S. taxes, with big-name firms like Apple (AAPL), Pfizer (PFE) and PepsiCo (PEP) named as notable examples. This is the claim made by a pair of non-profit groups, who released a study based on the firms' financial statements. Alcoa Inc. (AA), the largest producer of aluminum in the US, Thursday reported a sharp decline in profit for the third quarter, as sales dropped 11 percent reflecting divestitures and currency headwinds. Both the earnings and revenues fell short of Wall Street analysts' estimates, sending its shares...
comments powered by Disqus
Follow RTT