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No matter rain, nor snow…

February 2, 2021

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In the face of increasing global demand for one of our cancer medicines, our manufacturing teams in Durham, North Carolina, have gone above and beyond.

When the other suppliers stopped production, Merck responded by stretching the production processes and enabling production to the full extent of our manufacturing equipment capacity. The Durham team increased production by more than 100% while reducing the lead time for the production of a batch by nearly 40%.

Missing even one batch can sometimes mean that patients would have to wait.  During one snowstorm that hit the area a few years ago, some members of the production team slept on-site for the duration of the storm to ensure that production could continue uninterrupted. 

We’re hiring about 100 new colleagues to support expansion of our capacity. These new colleagues will join the approximately 100 colleagues at the plant who work on this medicine, some of whom have worked on the medicine for more than 15 years.

“Our team is committed and our collective passion for the work we do makes us feel like a family. Our focus on producing reliable supply of our products in both the short- and long-term for our patients is what guides us every day.”

Susan Taylor

Associate Director, Operations