Merck Provides Update on the IMPROVE-IT Trial
Whitehouse Station, N.J. September 13, 2011 – Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, has been advised that the IMPROVE-IT Executive Committee has decided to schedule the study's second interim analysis in the first quarter of 2012, rather than as previously anticipated in late 2011. As previously disclosed, the Data Safety Monitoring Board for IMPROVE-IT plans to conduct an interim analysis for efficacy when approximately 75 percent of the pre-specified (5,250) primary clinical endpoints have occurred. The study is fully enrolled and approximately 70 percent of its pre-specified events have been reported.
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Posted: September 2011
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