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OPKO Health acquires lead NK-1 compounds from Schering-Plough
December 2009
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MIAMI—OPKO Health Inc. announced in November that it entered into an agreement to acquire assets relating to Schering-Plough's neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor antagonist program, which Schering-Plough is divesting in connection with its pending merger with Merck & Co. Inc. Rolapitant, the lead product, recently completed Phase II clinical testing for prevention of nausea and vomiting related to cancer chemotherapy and surgery, and other indications. Phase I clinical testing has also been initiated for a second compound in the same class. Closing of the transaction between OPKO and Schering-Plough is subject to completion of the merger.  

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