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Merck to Launch TREDAPTIVE™ (ER niacin/laropiprant) in International Markets Later This Year


WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. - Merck & Co., Inc. will begin launching TREDAPTIVE™ (ER niacin/laropiprant) in international markets including Mexico, the UK and Germany by the third quarter this year. TREDAPTIVE is a lipid-modifying therapy for patients with mixed dyslipidemia and primary hypercholesterolemia.

TREDAPTIVE, also known by the trademark of CORDAPTIVE™ in some places, is now approved in 39 countries outside the U.S. In the U.S., it remains investigational.

“Merck is pleased that we are now able to supply TREDAPTIVE in approved markets and continue our long-standing commitment to help address unmet medical needs in cardiovascular care" said Luciano Rossetti, MD, senior vice president and franchise head, Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular, Merck Research Laboratories.

About Merck
Merck & Co., Inc. (Whitehouse Station, N.J., U.S.A.), which operates in many countries as Merck Sharp & Dohme or MSD, is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company dedicated to putting patients first. Established in 1891, the Company currently discovers, develops, manufactures and markets vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs. The Company devotes extensive efforts to increase access to medicines through far-reaching programs that not only donate its medicines but help deliver them to the people who need them. Merck also publishes unbiased health information as a not-for-profit service. For more information, visit

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TREDAPTIVE™ and CORDAPTIVE™ are trademarks of Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA


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