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Plavix Generic Blocked By Court, But Damage Lingers For Bristol And Sanofi

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The impact of the launch of a generic version of Plavix - the second best selling drug in the world - will continue to weigh on Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb at least through the remainder of the year and possibly beyond despite a ruling in their favor barring Apotex' sale of generic clopidogrel

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