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U.S. FDA panel: data support safety, efficacy of Merck allergy drug

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Merck & Co's experimental allergy drug, Ragwitek, appears safe and effective for use in patients between the ages of 18 and 65, a panel of advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Tuesday.

The panel voted 6 to 2, with one abstention, that data supported the drug's efficacy. It voted 8 to 0, with one abstention, that it supported the drug's safety.

Ragwitek is designed to treat allergic reaction to short ragweed pollen.