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Gilead's Sovaldi, GSK's Anoro stand out in 2014's blockbuster crop, report says

Want to take a guess about which three new drugs are marked for greatness in 2014? One of them is obvious. Another, not so much. And the third isn't approved yet.

Under fire from local pharmas, China backs off price caps

On Tuesday, the Chinese government quietly announced that it is easing up on its policy of restricting drug prices and will allow pharmaceutical companies to set prices on some medicines, according to Reuters.

England sets aside $31M to fund Sovaldi for sickest patients

While next-gen hep C treatment Sovaldi costs $84,000 per 12-week course of treatment, it boasts a 90% cure rate--and that's convinced the U.K.'s National Health Service to spend £18.7 million to fund the treatment for England's sickest patients.

Novartis near to wrapping up $1.7B sale of part-owned patchmaker LTS Lohmann

It's been almost a yearlong contest, but a deal for patchmaker LTS Lohmann appears to be nearing the finish line. The private equity firm Nordic Capital is likely to beat out competitor Wendel for the deal, Bloomberg says, at a price of about $1.7 billion.

Gardasil dose reduction could boost EU sales for Merck-Sanofi joint venture

Now that the European Commission has officially approved a two-dose Gardasil regimen for early teens, Merck and Sanofi--who market the HPV vaccine in Europe through joint venture Sanofi Pasteur MSD--will see the number of shots per patient fall.

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