Orion profit falls as Parkinson's drug patents expire

HELSINKI, April 23 Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:11am EDT

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HELSINKI, April 23 (Reuters) - Finnish drug maker Orion reported a fall in first-quarter profit, in line with expectations, due to the expiration of its patents for Parkinson's drugs.

Orion's quarterly operating profit fell 6 percent from a year earlier to 74 million euros ($96 million), matching the average forecast of analysts in a Reuters poll.

The company repeated it expects a slight fall in full-year 2013 operating profit, and shares in the company fell 0.8 percent to 20.20 euros. ($1 = 0.7674 euros) (Reporting By Jussi Rosendahl)

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