Combined sales of REMICADE (infliximab) and SIMPONI (golimumab), treatments for inflammatory diseases, increased 13 percent to $645 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The combined sales grew 18 percent excluding foreign exchange. Global combined sales for the full year decreased 18 percent over the prior year. In Europe, Russia and Turkey, where Merck retained exclusive marketing rights, the combined sales of REMICADE and SIMPONI increased 2 percent for the full year of 2012 or 10 percent excluding foreign exchange. 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.Sales recorded by Merck for GARDASIL, a vaccine to help prevent certain diseases caused by four types of human papillomavirus (HPV), increased 61 percent to $442 million for the fourth quarter driven by higher sales in the United States, reflecting continued strong uptake in males and higher public sector purchases, as well as favorable performance in Japan and the emerging markets. Worldwide sales of GARDASIL recorded by Merck for the year were $1.6 billion, a 35 percent increase compared to the prior year.
Merck Announces Full-Year And Fourth-Quarter 2012 Financial Results
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