The pharmaceutical company is getting rid of 600 sales representatives from around the country. The new round of Merck layoffs follows a massive retrenchment that began nine months ago when the company laid off 8,500 workers.
The October layoffs were announced as part of a plan to trim company costs by $2.5 billion. A number of facilities and research projects were eliminated when the move was made.
Merck will now have eliminated about 10% of its 81,000-person workforce with the new round of layoffs.
MRK stock is down about 0.1% Friday afternoon.
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