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Vietnam Inspectors Named To Probe Merck, GSK Vaccine Lobbying

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Vietnamese authorities have named an inspection team to look into the controversial awarding of cancer vaccine approvals to a pair of foreign drug makers. Merck's subsidiary, Merck Sharp & Dohme, and GlaxoSmithKline have been accused of inappropriate lobbying of the Health Ministry to get approval for their Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, respectively, against the human papilloma virus responsible for cervical cancer. The inspection team is to review research and assessment procedures for drugs at the ministry over a 15-day period. (Click here for more



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