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> Isis Pharmaceuticals reports that a mid-stage trial of ISIS 301012 produced rapid and prolonged reduction of cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol. Report

> Neurocrine Biosciences has reported positive results for a Phase II trial of NBI-56418 for endometriosis. Release

> Aradigm has gained more time and money to develop a treatment for anthrax. Report

> InterMune has launched a Phase III trial of pirfenidone, a small molecule p38-gamma inhibitor, as a treatment for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Release

> A week after its merger with Chiron, Novartis is laying off 111 workers in Emeryville, CA, a fraction of the employees it now has there. Report

> Doctors Without Borders has accused Abbott Laboratories of failing to fill an order for the HIV/AIDS drug Kaletra. Report

> Biotie Therapies has signed a marketing and distribution agreement with Britannia Pharmaceuticals Limited for nalmefene in the UK and Ireland. Release

And Finally… A significant minority of Pfizer's shareholders demonstrated their displeasure with the pay packages handed out to top executives, but had zero net effect on the election of 13 directors. Article

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