Merck Frosst Congratulates Nobel Laureate for Research Leading to Development of GARDASIL(R)


    KIRKLAND, QC, Oct. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Merck Frosst Canada would like to
extend its warmest congratulations to German researcher Dr. Harald zur Hausen,
laureate of one half of the 2008 Noble Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his
"discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer".
    Dr. Harald zur Hausen's research was fundamental to the development of
GARDASIL(R), a vaccine that is 96 to 100% effective at preventing infections
from the four HPV types (HPV 6, 11, 16 and 18) that cause the most clinical
disease, including 90% of all cases of genital warts, at least 70% of all
cervical cancers and 55-72% of vulvar and vaginal cancers.
    "Without a doubt, all research leading to the development of GARDASIL(R)
was built on the shoulders of Dr. Harald zur Hausen's work," said Dawn Graham,
President of Merck Frosst Canada. "On behalf of all Merck Frosst Canada
employees, I extend my sincerest congratulations to him for his Nobel Prize."
    Now approved in 108 countries around the world, GARDASIL(R) has been
available in Canada since 2006 for females between nine and 26 years of age
for the prevention of cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer,
precancerous lesions and genital warts caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18.
    GARDASIL(R) has also been endorsed by numerous medical organizations,
representing thousands of healthcare professionals across Canada, including
the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the Regroupement des
gynécologues oncologues du Québec (RGOQ), the Society of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), the Federation of Medical Women of Canada
(FMWC), the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada (GOC), the Society of
Canadian Colposcopists (SCC) and the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS).
    In April of this year, Dr. Harald zur Hausen was chosen as one of six
awardees of the Gairdner International Awards for medical research. The
Gairdner awards, founded 49 years ago by the late Toronto businessman James
Gairdner, have grown to become one of the most prestigious awards in all of
science: more than 70 Gairdner awardees, including Dr. Harald zur Hausen, have
gone on to win a Nobel Prize. For more information, visit

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For further information: Sheila Murphy, Manager, Public Affairs, Merck
Frosst Canada Ltd., (514) 428-2748

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