Merck to fasten pace of layoffs in the U.S.

Merck speeding up layoffs of many US employees –

Merck has the goal of eliminating 13,000 positions due to competition of generics and recession in the U.S. and Europe.

A Merck spokesman said 35 percent to 40 percent of the job cuts would be in the United States, many at its headquarters in Whitehouse Station, N.J.

According to an internal memo, by the end of October Merck will notify employees losing their jobs in sales and other departments. The memo states the teams affected are: marketing & customer solutions; managed markets & policy; strategy & commercial model innovation; and the neuropsychiatric and women’s healthcare specialty sales teams.