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J&J Not Likely To Hold Its Peace At Merck/Schering Altar

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Merck and Schering-Plough are talking up the future - the commercial, pipeline and cost savings advantages of a proposed $41.1 billion merger - like newlyweds who have already tied the knot, danced the first dance and cut the cake. But there's an uninvited guest at the affair, Johnson & Johnson, a third-party with bargaining power that could step in to thwart Merck and Schering's happily ever after

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