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Exelixis axes 70% of workforce after failed foray into prostate cancer

Cancer drugmakers often work to expand the labels for their marketed products by testing them in different types of the disease. But that doesn't always go so well, which can take a hefty toll on smaller companies, as San Francisco-based Exelixis now knows all too well.

Cipla's Advair copy gathers steam with rollouts in Germany, Sweden

Glaxo, say hello to another Advair rival in Germany and Sweden. Monday, Indian generics maker Cipla rolled out its copy of GSK's respiratory behemoth in the two European countries, and the company's CEO says more are on the way.

Key Adcock stakeholder defends thwarted CFR merger

In February, after months of transcontinental controversy driven by shareholders, Chile-based CFR and South Africa's Adcock Ingram abandoned their planned $1.2 billion merger. A few months later, Abbott swept in and bought CFR for $3 billion. Now, Adcock shareholder Public Investment Corp. (PIC), which owns 25.5% of the company, is forced to defend its opposition to the CFR deal, thanks to poor quarterly results at Adcock.

Novartis ready to start its engines for 'most exciting launch' in company history

Pharma executives tend to be circumspect when they talk about drug launches. After all, we've seen CEOs predict big things, only to be assaulted later by a pitchfork-toting mob. Plus, there's the don't-jinx-it school of thought. Apparently, neither worry applies to Novartis pharma chief David Epstein--at least when he's talking about the company's new heart failure drug LCZ696.

Valeant, Ackman score a chance to force Allergan to an earlier showdown

Don't send out any save-the-dates for that Allergan special shareholder meeting just yet. Valeant has won a request for an expedited trial over the timing of the meeting, a key step in its $50 billion hostile takeover plans.

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