Angiomax sales edge Medicines Co. profits upward; J&J offers concessions on Synthes deal;

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> Strong sales of the anticoagulant Angiomax boosted Medicines Co. profits past analyst esimates as revenues hit $124.2 million. Report

> Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) offered concessions to European antitrust regulators to ease concerns over its proposed buyout of Swiss device maker Synthes. News

> Ben Venue Laboratories has spawned another recall, as its Bedford Labs unit yanks three lots of the leukemia treatment cytarabine. Item

> Canada's Paladin Labs plans to buy almost 45% of South Africa's Litha Healthcare in a complicated deal that also ropes in its previously planned buyout of marketing-and-sales provider Pharmaplan. Report

> Veterinary products firm Dechra said its drug sales showed strong growth, as pet owners continued to treat their animals despite the troubled economy. Article

> Beginning March 1, European regulators will publish information on drug-approval applications on a regular basis as part of an ongoing push toward transparency. News

> Omnicare dropped its takeover bid for rival PharMerica after U.S. antitrust regulators sued to block the deal. Story

> U.S. business leaders and trade groups asked the Justice Department to clarify the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as the government continues to press forward with several high-profile foreign bribery investigations. Report

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: Venture backer makes $7M bet on cardio drug tech that could rival stents. News | Follow @FierceBiotech

@RyanMFierce: Good stuff from @LifeSciVC on how much milestone money #biotech investors are actually getting in biobuck-laden M&As. News | Follow @RyanMFierce

@MarkHFierce: EyeGates' new ocular drug delivery system showed promise in Phase III. Results presented in Dubai!! More | Follow @MarkHFierce

@FierceMedDev: DNA in Play as Life Technologies Joins Illumina in Race for Deal: Real M&A via @BloombergNews. Item | Follow @FierceMedDev

> Venture backer makes $7M bet on cardio drug tech that could rival stents. Article

> Collegium Pharma scores $22M round for abuse-preventing painkiller in Phase III. More

> Biotech VCs wait for big checks from string of buyout deals. Story

> Eisai co-developing cancer drug fueled by bacteria; U.S. trials launch soon. Item

Drug Delivery News

> Anaeropharma/Eisai launch bacteria-based cancer combo drug trial. Story

> Sol-Gel seals $27M dermatology drug delivery deal with mystery partner. News

> EyeGate discloses positive Phase III data for electric eye drug device. Article

> Harvard's tiny DNA robots deliver cancer-killing treatment in lab. Item

> Carbon nanoparticles charge up old cancer treatment to powerful effect. More

> MicroCHIPS' wireless implantable device delivered osteoporosis drug in people. Story

Biomarker News

> Genomind begins depression biomarker study. Item

> Imaging biomarker shows autism in infancy. Story

> Biomarkers watching HIV progression. Article

> Cyclin D1 could predict outcomes in oral cancer. News

Medical Device News

> J&J's Weldon to step down as CEO, leaving post to Gorsky. More

> New Enzo test aims to boost colonoscopy compliance. Story

> Vascular Magnetics snags $7M in Series A. News

> Medtronic might consider spine unit sale. Article

And Finally... Aspirin could help block cervical cancer in women with HIV and should be studied for that purpose, researchers said. Report