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Asthma Drug Trial for Phosphodiesterase-4 Inhibitor Halted

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 25, 2003--Merck & Co., Inc. announced today that it is discontinuing development of its lead Phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitor compound, currently in Phase II clinical trials, for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The company is continuing its research in the field of asthma and COPD through the ongoing study of other PDE-4 inhibitor molecules. The timing for the development of these other molecules is not certain.

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