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2008-05-01 02:55:00

In a warning letter sent to Merck & Co's CEO Richard Clark, and released publicly Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the company to rectify numerous manufacturing deficiencies at its main vaccine plant in West Point, Pa., just outside Philadelphia.The letter was signed by David K. Elder, who leads enforcement in the agency's Office of Regulatory Affairs.  It said the FDA inspectors had found manufacturing rules were not being followed at the plant, which makes...

2008-02-29 00:25:00

The results of a new study presented Wednesday at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said children suffer higher rates of fever-induced convulsions after receiving the Merck combination vaccine ProQuad instead of two separate shots. As a result, a federal advisory panel is moving away from their preference for the ProQuad, which protects against chickenpox, mumps, measles and rubella. ProQuad costs $124 per dose, about the same as the two other shots combined....

2005-09-06 12:54:31

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merck & Co. Inc. on Tuesday said U.S. regulators have approved its combination vaccine to protect children 12 months to 12 years of age against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. The vaccine, called Proquad, which combines two established Merck vaccines, is the first approved in the United States to target all four diseases in a single shot, Merck said. It is also approved for use as a second dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. "The approval of...

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