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Novartis is simplifying its structure as part of plans to save $1 billion in costs by 2024 and strengthen its business in the U.S., the world’s largest pharmaceutical market, The Financial Times reports. Three executives will leave the company as part of the restructuring, which will combine the oncology and pharmaceutical units into one innovative medicines division, with separate commercial organizations for the U.S. and international markets. Novartis is also looking for a leader for a new strategy and growth division. The company expects these changes to ensure at least 4% compound annual growth through 2026, and deliver margins at the high end of guidance of 30% in the medium term.

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