AZ union members set strike dates; Pfizer discloses 115 layoffs in Pearl River;

@FiercePharma: FDA panel nixes Jazz drug for fibromyalgia. Article | Follow @FiercePharma

> U.K. union members at AstraZeneca will take accelerating strike action on three days next month over a company plan to freeze its final salary pension scheme, the GMB union said. Article

> Pfizer has notified New York of plans to lay off 115 workers at its Pearl River plant by Dec. 17 as part of its previously announced global restructuring. News

> More young women are getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds. Report

> Health and Human Services is allocating $2 billion to overhaul pandemic and bioterrorism capabilities through improvements to regulatory, developmental and manufacturing processes. Story

> Merck said its foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will commit an additional $60 million to Botswana's African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships. Report

> Novo Nordisk will partner with Upsher-Smith Laboratories to market a 10-microgram version of its estrogen treatment Vagifem in the U.S. Report

> Hospira said Japanese regulators have approved the use of its sedative Precedex in patients for more than 24 hours. Item

> Baxter International spent just under $1 million to lobby on healthcare-related matters in the second quarter, according to a recent disclosure form. Story

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: U.S. biotech faces fierce international competition. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

Biotech News

> Aileron scores $1.1B development pact with Roche. Story

> Body-clock drug offers breakthrough approach to depression. Item

Biotech Research News

> Stem cell research breakthrough could cure baldness. Report

> AVI approach saves monkeys with Ebola. Article

> Tougher disclosure rules spur flak from biomedical researchers. Story

> Mouse virus found in chronic fatigue cases. Item

> Judge's ruling throws ESC research work into disarray. News

Manufacturing News

> Flu vaccine stockpile destruction spotlights expiration dates. Story

> Sebelius report re-states need for vax-making makeover. Report

> GMPs, generics and repackaging drive recalls. Item

> NC court requires chemical ID of fakes. Article

> PAREXEL develops cold-chain data system. News

> Counterfeit-fighters face "defining" moment. Report

And Finally... Three new studies are suggesting ways to make sure patients are matched with the right blood-pressure drugs. Article

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