Sarepta mulls hunt for global partner for DMD drug; Merck pulls cholesterol drug;

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> Sarepta ($SRPT) is considering its strategy for finding a global partner for its hot experimental DMD drug, eteplirsen. Article

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> Merck yanks cholesterol drug Tredaptive from market. News

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And Finally… Merck ($MRK) took the cholesterol pill Tredaptive off shelves after the med failed in big Phase III study. Item


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