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Merck Announces U.S. FDA Approval of VERQUVO® (vericiguat)

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VERQUVO Approved for Reduction of Risk of Cardiovascular Death and Heart Failure (HF) Hospitalization Following a Hospitalization for HF or Need for Outpatient Intravenous (IV) Diuretics in Adults with Symptomatic Chronic Heart Failure and Ejection Fraction Less than 45%

VERQUVO is the First Soluble Guanylate Cyclase Stimulator, Approved to Treat Heart Failure

KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved VERQUVO, a soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and heart failure hospitalization following a hospitalization for heart failure or need for outpatient intravenous (IV) diuretics in adults with symptomatic chronic heart failure and ejection fraction less than 45%. The approval of VERQUVO by the FDA, which is the first treatment for chronic heart failure approved specifically for patients following a hospitalization for heart failure or need for outpatient IV diuretics, is based on the results of the pivotal Phase 3 VICTORIA trial and follows a priority regulatory review. VERQUVO (vericiguat) 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg tablets is being jointly developed with Bayer AG.

The VERQUVO label contains a boxed warning that indicates that VERQUVO should not be administered to pregnant females because it may cause fetal harm. For more information, see “Selected Safety Information” below...