Merck can't get the sugammadex curse lifted, faces 3rd FDA rejection

March 14, 2015 12:29 PM

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Merck's anesthesia drug sugammadex has been cited repeatedly over the years as one of the top experimental meds in the pharma giant's pipeline, a trophy obtained in its megamerger with Schering. But the treatment has racked up a painful series of setbacks over the years, starting with its first rejection at the hands of the FDA 7 years ago and continuing now with a third looming rejection over unresolved questions surrounding a hypersensitivity study performed for its pitch to the agency.

After the markets closed on Friday Merck put out a brief announcement saying that the FDA had decided to scrap an advisory committee review of sugammadex slated for next week.

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