Uninformed Consent: What’s Going On With Merck – Part 2

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by Louise Kuo Habakus

In Part One, I covered some lesser known safety issues with the combination measles, mumps & rubella vaccine. Now let’s talk about the company that makes it.

Who’s Merck & Co?

Merck & Co. is a U.S. corporation headquartered in New Jersey and the world’s seventh largest pharmaceutical firm. It was founded in 1891 as the U.S. subsidiary of a German company by the same name. The U.S. confiscated the subsidiary after World War I and established it as an independent company.

In 2014, Merck & Co. reported $42.4 billion in worldwide revenues and $10.3 billion in net income. It ranked #65 on the Fortune 500. Merck Vaccines is a $10.1 billion business. A little over half its sales comes from the following childhood vaccines:

$1,738,000,000  Gardasil (HPV)$1,394,000,000  MMR/ProQuad/Varivax (measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox)$   765,000,000  Zostavax (shingles)$   746,000,000  Pneumovax 23 (pneumococcal)$   659,000,000  RotaTeq (rotavirus)

The company also…

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