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Many New Products For Forest, But Not Enough To Fill The Lexapro Gap

This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily

Executive Summary

The launches of Tudorza for COPD and Linzess for irritable bowel syndrome are off to strong starts, Forest executives said during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter sales and earnings call. But despite those and other recent entries, the company reported a net loss for the year after revenues nose-dived from the loss of Lexapro.

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