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Elan/Medeva Deal Would Be Elan's Fifth Major Buy In Two Years

Executive Summary

Speculation on an impending offer for Medeva by Elan derives credence from the Irish firm's acquisitiveness during the past two years. Medeva would be the fifth major deal for Elan in two years.

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