Astellas plans to keep some jobs in Farmingdale; Synergy touts PhIIa constipation data;

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> Astellas has confirmed that it will keep 90 of the 240 employees at OSI Pharmaceuticals' operations in Farmingdale, NY. "By providing OSI employees with more clarity regarding the plans for the integration and organizational decisions, we hope to minimize their uncertainty," Astellas says, as quoted by the Long Island Business News. Report

> Synergy Pharmaceuticals says it garnered positive results from a Phase IIa clinical trial of plecanatide (SP-304) in patients with chronic constipation. Synergy release

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