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Merck Brings Down Hammer on R&D, Cuts 8,500 More Jobs

By Marie Powers
Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

In a move Merck & Co. Inc. chairman and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier took pains to explain as “creating greater efficiencies,” the pharma giant acceded to calls from analysts and investors to remake its R&D operation, disclosing the elimination of another 8,500 positions, in addition to previously reported reductions of 7,500 jobs, with a goal of paring annual operating expenses by approximately $2.5 billion by the end of 2015.

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