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Abraxane White Paper Distribution At ASCO Draws FDA Advertising Letter

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Celgene says the white paper – which FDA says promotes Abaxane as effective for unapproved uses and superior to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Taxol – was intended solely for potential business partners interested in nab technology.

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