Merck's Fight for Fat Profits

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As one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Merck is constantly battling generic drugmakers in court. Take a look at some of its recent annual or quarterly SEC filings and you're sure to see huge sections devoted to its patent litigation struggles against a number of companies.

Recently, Merck was able to protect its cholesterol drugs Zetia and Vytorin from earlier-than-expected competition from Mylan . In this video, health care analyst Max Macaluso discusses what happened and how these drugs fit into Merck's overall business.


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