Deals Of The Week Looks At The Intersection Of Patient Empowerment, Generic Drugs And Macaroni & Cheese
Over one-third of practicing physicians cave in to patient requests for a brand-name drug over a generic, but can the trend hold? Also, deals by Baxter/Xenetic, AstraZeneca/FOB, Galectin/SBH, Biogen/UCB and Actavis/Zhejiang Chiral Medicine Chemicals.
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