One of my favorite anonymous commenters offers us a great update -- and on a legacy Schering-Plough COPD candidate story that I completely missed. Of course, Pharmalot had it and I missed it there too. In any event, here it is:
. . . .I missed it too and was made aware of it today based on Pharmalot's news regarding the recent Daxas® lack of approval in the UK.
Not a big player for Merck but I also noted that Merck has also taken their CXCR2 antagonist off their clinical pipeline chart (legacy S/P compound).
The only COPD drug left is the inhaled steroid/LABA (Dulera, Zenhale and Foradil). [Which is] just a retooling of the asthma medicine.
Interesting -- I wonder if they're giving up on COPD?
January 25, 2012 11:06 AM. . . .
While I doubt that Merck is giving up on COPD meds altogether, I do think this is quite a come-down from the COPD program's status at legacy Schering-Plough, as most recently outlined here in April of 2010. That former Merck Daxas® distribution partner, Nycomed, is also where an ex-Schering-Plough GC has landed, as of November 2010 (see related graphic, at right -- I think Nycomed still handles Alvesco® -- anyone know?).
Again -- thanks to our erstwhile readership, this place is always made a better (if opinionated) resource.