Merck, GSK ink HPV vaccine deal with GAVI; Arkansas Risperdal trial nears a wrap;

@FiercePharma: Teva's ($TEVA) newly confirmed hold on the Provigil market makes its forecast look 'conservative,' analyst tells BloombergMore | Follow @FiercePharma

> Both Merck ($MRK) and GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) came through for GAVI: The drugmakers negotiated big discounts on HPV vaccines to allow distribution in poor countries. Report

> Closing arguments are set for today in the Arkansas Risperdal lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ). Report

> New Jersey officials are weighing a $15 million tax credit for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, in return for an expansion in the state. Report

> Strong sales of the overactive bladder treatment Vesicare will likely push Astellas Pharma's ($ALPMY) fiscal 2013 profits to $1.84 billion, Nikkei said. Report

> Watson Pharmaceuticals ($WPI) launched its version of the ViroPharma antibiotic drug Vancocin as the branded drugmakers' citizen petition failed at FDA. Report

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: Wellcome Trust joins chorus calling for free online access to medical research. Story | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: Affymax ($AFFY) collects a $50M milestone check for peginesatide approval. Release | Follow @JohnCFierce

@RyanMFierce: GAVI scores price cuts for $GSK and $MRK rotavirus shots. News | Follow @RyanMFierce

> Merck, Flagship join forces on fostering biotech startups. News

> Amgen ($AMGN) snags KAI Pharma's CKD program in $315M buyout. More

> Icahn sues Amylin ($AMLN) in hopes a proxy fight will trigger sale. Story

> H.I.G. unveils a $268M fund dedicated to biotech. Item

Medical Devices News

 @FierceMedDev: FDA combats criticisms over speed with ESRD pathway. Story | Follow @FierceMedDev

> Medtronic ($MDT) backs Hauser's findings on Riata leads. More

> Medtronic starts Jacksonville, FL, expansion. Item

Manufacturing News

> J&J considers manufacturing workaround for Doxil. Story

> New plant pushes Ranbaxy ($RANBAXY.NS) Lipitor production to global lead. Article

> FDA disbars 4 quality control execs from defunct Able Laboratories. More

> India considers track and trace system to combat counterfeiters. News

Biotech Research News

> Tarantula venom, baking soda explored to fight breast cancer. Item

> Salk scientists eye 2 new targets against Type 2 diabetes. More

> Novel drug blasts leukemia in zebra fish. Piece

> Three studies back notion of autism erupting from genetic mutations. Article

> Novartis ($NVS) drug discovery repairs arthritic knees in mice. Story

And Finally... Scientists are finding that chromosomal changes that happen as people age also occur in younger people with depression and other psychological disorders. Report

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