Leading the Way in Life Science Technologies

GEN Exclusives

More »

GEN News Highlights

More »
Jul 1, 2011

Japan Approves Merck & Co.’s Gardasil, Zolinza, and Cubicin

  • Merck & Co. confirmed Japanese regulatory approval for its quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil® together with the oral anticancer drug Zolinza® (vorinostat) and the antibacterial Cubicin® (daptomycin for injection).

    In Japan Zolinza has been approved for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas and will be distributed in Japan by Taiho Pharmaceutical. Cubicin is approved for the treatment of MRSA infections. Merck’s MSD subsidiary licensed Japanese rights to Cubicin from Cubist Pharmaceuticals in 2007.

    Gardasil achieved global sales of $214 million in the first quarter of 2011 and $988 million during 2010.



Related content

Be sure to take the GEN Poll

Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

Do you agree that ecstasy should be studied for its potential therapeutic benefits?

More »