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Tag: Merck


Health care news releases may not tell the whole story: Merck edition


Some news media wake up to problematic Belsomra ads; most hit the snooze button

6 5/14/2015

Criticism of NEJM’s defense of industry-physician relations


Rocker Gregg Allman “works with” Merck on hepatitis C pitch


Drug companies court bioethicists & lawyers