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.
Merck Announces Second-Quarter 2012 Financial Results
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