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> Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk says it will pay $26.7 million to resolve two U.S. Justice Department investigations into improper marketing of its products. Report

> A Chicago jury awarded $625,000 to the estate of a man dosed with Baxter International's blood thinner heparin, which contained a contaminated ingredient found in the company's supply chain in China. News

> Eli Lilly has signed a deal with Swiss company Synthes to co-promote the bone drug Forteo and develop other potential orthopedic treatments. Story

> Deirdre Connelly, the North American president of GlaxoSmithKline, helped break ground and plant trees Thursday as the drugmaker put down a new corporate footprint in Philadelphia's Navy Yard. Item

> A novel variant of swine flu has emerged in Asia with a genetic adaptation giving some resistance to Roche's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza, the two mainstay drugs used to tackle the disease. Article

> Contract drugmaker Patheon posted a quarterly loss hurt by contract cancellations and a weaker U.S. dollar. Piece

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> Micromet drug shows promise against severe blood cancer. Article

> Novartis vax against MenB shows benefits in infant study. News

> Ambit bounces back from dropped IPO with $30M round. Report 

> Obesity field gets boost with $6.2M round for Gelesis. Item

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