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Valeant CEO Outlines Takeover Rationale, As Cephalon Stays Mum

This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily

Executive Summary

Valeant doesn't want a protracted proxy fight and is prepared to drop its offer if Cephalon shareholders object - even as Wall Street reacts favorably.

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