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Teva Pharmaceuticals denied reports that up to 6,000 employees will be laid off, or as much as 11 percent of its workforce, Reuters writes. The drug maker did acknowledge that a restructuring is underway that includes a hiring freeze and ending unprofitable activities. However, Globes reports that Teva recently fired dozens of employees in Israel who are on personal contracts as part of the cutbacks and plans further layoffs to lower debt.

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  • …absolutely cool, the CEO of buy-some-company-and-close-it-just-to-keep-the-patents Pfizer says the so-so-inventive US-Pharmas are blackmailed by bad-bad European drug pricing authorities.

    Still not over it not buying AZ? Bad looser…

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