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Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) released its long-awaited restructuring. Here are key details: 14,000 layoffs globally, or 25 percent of its workforce; close or sell a “significant” number of its 80 or so manufacturing plants; reprice or discontinue some generics; close or sell a “significant” number of R&D facilities and review all R&D programs; end dividends on ordinary shares and suspend annual bonuses this year. The moves are expected to save $3 billion by the end of 2019.

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