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Top of the morning to you, and a fine one it is. A shiny sun is hovering over the Pharmalot campus as we approach the middle of the week. After all, this is an accomplishment and a celebratory cup of stimulation is in order to help us move along. And why not? Just consider the alternatives. Meanwhile, another busy day lies ahead. On that note, here are some items of interest. Hope you have a smashing day and keep us in mind if you hear something juicy …

Sanofi is in talks to acquire Actelion Pharmaceuticals while Johnson & Johnson abandoned its own bid for the drug maker, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal could be valued at as much as $30 billion. Like J&J, Sanofi would be interested in adding Actelion’s rare disease drugs to an aging portfolio of key products that are losing patent protection. Sanofi, you may recall, recently lost a bidding war for Medivation, which Pfizer bought for $14 billion.

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