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NEW YORK Drugmakers who have complained for years about caution and unpredictability at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration see signs the climate for reviewing new medicines may be improving.

Glaxo sees recurring pandemic flu business

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FDA head to speed reviews, visit China

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Glaxo CEO sees little risk to margins

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FDA seeks to streamline device unit

NEW YORK The new head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said she is working to clean up the agency's troubled device unit, including a review of how it approves medical devices.

Glaxo sees Benlysta as "very major" opportunity

NEW YORK GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Thursday it expects its experimental lupus drug Benlysta to be a "very major" product and contribute meaningfully to the company's bottom line.


Medical device prices in crosshairs of reform

NEW YORK Cash-strapped hospitals are stepping up pressure on the prices of medical devices -- from knee replacements to diagnostic tests and surgical systems -- as momentum builds toward U.S. healthcare reform.


Pfizer says absorbing Wyeth at top speed

NEW YORK Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Kindler said the drugmaker is integrating its Wyeth purchase far faster than previous big acquisitions, and it will no longer be overly dependent on one or two blockbuster medications.


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