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Executive Summary

Japanese pharmaceutical firms terminate plans to form joint holding company that would have created country's third largest drug maker, Tanabe Seiyaku announces Dec. 3. "Differences regarding the most appropriate direction to be pursued post-merger, in addition to the differences existing in the companies' fundamental infrastructure, makes it unlikely for the companies to be able to take full advantage of their respective strengths and specialties or bring increased value to stockholders," Tanabe states. Under the plan, Taisho - Japan's top OTC producer - would have absorbed Tanabe's OTC business, while Tanabe would have integrated Taisho's Rx operations (1"The Tan Sheet" Sept. 24, In Brief)...

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