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> Regeneron ($REGN) and Bayer's eye drug Eylea nabbed a new indication in diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of eye disease in diabetics; the drug's head-to-head rival, Lucentis, won the same approval last month. Release

> Merck & Co. ($MRK) added another $10 billion to its ongoing stock buyback program. Report

> Jordan-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals is planning to meet with investors about a potential dollar-denominated bond issue. Report

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> Novartis rides med tech wave with new digital projects. Item

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> AstraZeneca buys into Harvard's stem cell tech for diabetes R&D. More

> GlaxoSmithKline mounts an open casting call for R&D starlets. Article

> Novartis chief: Sometimes you have to kill your R&D darlings. Story

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> Concert Pharma spotlights a positive rat study for antiseizure drug. Report

> Duke/NUS team says new combo has promise for mutant-RAS cancers. More

> CMV-based vaccine could help eliminate the threat of Ebola from apes. Story

> Stem cell advance may assist new therapies for anemia, leukemia. Item

> Targeted mitochondrial attack destroys glioma cells in preclinical study. Article

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> Foundation Medicine reveals C-suite and board metamorphosis. Article

> French cancer Dx company born after management buyout at Qiagen unit. Story

> GE Healthcare's pathology arm to use Omnyx's software for digital analysis of specimens. More

> Dako strikes another cancer companion Dx deal with Amgen. Item

> Roche joins forces with Sigma-Aldrich to distribute biochemical reagents. Article

Pharma Marketing News

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> Were Low-T ads 'disease mongering'? Two experts say yes. Story

> The 2014 DTC ads that made the grade. More

> Pharma's ad spend vaults to $4.5B, with big spender Pfizer leading the way. Article

> Sanofi aims for that sweet smell of success with spring Nasacort campaign. Report

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