MSD India Chief On The Now, Next For Januvia, Gardasil And Keytruda’s Ascent
MSD India managing director Rehan Khan talks to Scrip about price adjustments for Januvia and the brand’s strong physician recall amid a tsunami of competition post loss of exclusivity, as also plans for Gardasil, which faces upcoming competition from Indian vaccines star Serum Institute. He also signals huge strides made by Keytruda, now the top cancer therapy in the country.
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MSD India managing director Rehan Khan shares with Scrip glimpses of his life and professional journey, including diversity, equity and inclusion values imbibed in his childhood, co-founding an early-stage venture fund, widening access to Keytruda to roughly “six times more patients” in the country and initiatives around HPV vaccination.