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The Medicines Company (MDCO) plans to restructure and lay off more than 85 percent of its workforce, MarketWatch tells us. The drug maker, which currently has 410 employees, plans to reduce headcount to fewer than 60 people and carry out most of the restructuring in the next 45 days. The company plans to announce a divestiture of its infectious diseases business by the end of the year.


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) chief executive officer Emma Walmsley says that she will look at the consumer health business that Pfizer (PFE) may sell, but that her top priority is boosting the pharma pipeline, Reuters confides. At the same time, she says Glaxo will also look carefully at German Merck (MRK) consumer assets and is happy to continue to work with Novartis (NVS) on consumer health or take over the Novartis stake if a sale is possible to arrange.

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