Worldwide sales of the combined diabetes franchise of JANUVIA/JANUMET, medicines that help lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, grew 33 percent to $1.5 billion in the second quarter of 2012 driven by growth in all regions.
Worldwide sales of SINGULAIR, a once-a-day oral medicine for the chronic treatment of asthma and the relief of symptoms of allergic rhinitis, grew 6 percent to $1.4 billion in the second quarter of 2012. The patent for SINGULAIR will expire in the U.S. in Aug. 2012 and in major European markets in Feb. 2013. The company expects a significant and rapid reduction in sales thereafter in those markets. SINGULAIR will retain marketing exclusivity in Japan until 2016.
Sales of ZETIA (ezetimibe) and VYTORIN (ezetimibe/simvastatin), medicines for lowering LDL cholesterol, grew 2 percent to $1.1 billion in the second quarter driven by growth of ZETIA in the United States and VYTORIN outside of the United States.
Combined sales of REMICADE and SIMPONI, treatments for inflammatory diseases, declined 35 percent to $594 million for the second quarter of 2012. In Europe, Russia and Turkey, where Merck retained exclusive marketing rights, the combined sales of REMICADE and SIMPONI declined 3 percent for the second quarter of 2012, but excluding the impact of foreign exchange grew 6 percent. In July 2011, the company transferred exclusive marketing rights for REMICADE and SIMPONI to Johnson & Johnson in Canada, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.ISENTRESS, an HIV integrase inhibitor for use in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, grew 18 percent to $398 million in the second quarter driven by strong growth in the emerging markets and the United States. Global sales of Merck's antihypertensive medicines COZAAR and HYZAAR were down 17 percent to $337 million in the second quarter of 2012 due to the loss of marketing exclusivity in the United States and major European markets in 2010.
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