FTC sues to block Omnicare's PharMerica offer; J&J recalls baby lotion on bacteria levels;

@FiercePharma: Manchester Evening News cites talk of 3,000 job cuts for $AZN. More | Follow @FiercePharma

> Omnicare's bid for rival pharmacy services company PharMerica has hit another obstacle, as the Federal Trade Commission sues to block the deal. News

> Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) recalled one lot of Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion after FDA tests found a batch with higher-than-allowed concentrations of a naturally occurring bacteria. Report

> Novartis ($NVS) inked a deal with the World Health Organization to continue donating multi-drug therapy for leprosy treatment. Story

> India's Elder Pharma is linking up with Japanese distributors as it prepares to launch APIs in that country. Article

> Glenmark Pharmaceuticals saw fourth-quarter profits drop by nearly half on foreign-exchange losses, despite strong growth in product sales. News

> The Pharma Bureau in Pakistan has urged the government to set up a regulatory authority to oversee the drug industry, to ensure patient safety and to rebuild confidence as officials investigate recent deaths linked with potentially faulty heart pills. More

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: BREAKING: Roche wins landmark approval for targeted skin cancer drug vismodegib. News | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: Cell Therapeutics pulls its pixantrone app, presumably so they can keep saying how certain they are of an approval. Release | Follow @JohnCFierce

@RyanMFierce: An example of a DNA sequencing success in medicine where children of $LIFE employee benefited. Article | Follow @RyanMFierce

@MarkHFierce: Grape seed extract is the latest potential cancer drug. More | Follow @MarkHFierce

> Buzz: Is ax set to fall again on AstraZeneca R&D? Story

> 13 Big Pharmas to collaborate on $785M fight against neglected diseases. News

> FDA whistleblowers accuse agency of secretly reviewing email. Item

IT News

> Google Ventures, VCs backing tech focused on genomics. More

> U.K. genomics database plan faces hurdles. Story

> Covance's big IT budget gets thumbs down from analysts. Article

> Gamers tackle enzyme makeover, beat scientists' efforts. News

> Emerging player in DNA analysis joins forces with U. of Missouri. More

Medical Device News

> Abbott to cut 700 jobs as Promus sales decline. Story

> Roche's $5.7B Illumina bid risks standing alone. Article

> Covidien sees strength in medical device unit as profits rise. News

> KCI installs new CEO, chairman. More

And Finally... Political heat has forced U.K. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to overhaul his proposed reforms for the National Health Service. Report

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