Cervical cancer drug majors vie for India pie

Business Standard

Joe C Mathew / New Delhi January 04, 2010, 0:04 IST

US-based Merck is confident that its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil will help it to secure a position among the country’s top five drug companies in the next five years. The world’s second largest drug manufacturer currently ranks 30th in domestic sales.

“We expect Gardasil to play a key role in our India growth,” says Naveen Rao, head of medical affairs for Merck’s Asia Pacific Region. Merck wants Gardasil as catalyst for government’s plan to immunise India’s young women from cervical cancer.

Represented through its wholly owned subsidiary, MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Merck will roll out one of its biggest clinical trial programmes involving about 20,000 girls shortly. The partner for this trial is the health ministry.

This mega-trial, which is on top of the statutory clinical trials required for getting a drug or vaccine approved for sale in the country, is aimed at convincing the government on the importance of the vaccine, and also the need for a national immunisation programme.

US-based Merck is confident that its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil will help it to secure a position among the country’s top five drug companies in the next five years. The world’s second largest drug manufacturer currently ranks 30th in domestic sales.

“We expect Gardasil to play a key role in our India growth,” says Naveen Rao, head of medical affairs for Merck’s Asia Pacific Region. Merck wants Gardasil as catalyst for government’s plan to immunise India’s young women from cervical cancer.

Represented through its wholly owned subsidiary, MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Merck will roll out one of its biggest clinical trial programmes involving about 20,000 girls shortly. The partner for this trial is the health ministry.

This mega-trial, which is on top of the statutory clinical trials required for getting a drug or vaccine approved for sale in the country, is aimed at convincing the government on the importance of the vaccine, and also the need for a national immunisation programme.

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Comment from Leslie

HPV Vaccines do not prevent cervical cancer…..oops! Brainwashing the Indian government and the people.

PG

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.