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Merck struck a licensing deal with Portola Pharmaceuticals for betrixaban, an experimental anti-blood clotting drug.  According to an AP report, Merck will pay Portola $50 million initially, and a possible total of $470 million if certain goals are met.

Pfizer will appeal the Canadian Federal Court's decision that deemed a patent for Norvasc invalid. The civil action was brought by Ratiopharm, a generics manufacturer. Ratiopharm was granted permission to sell a generic version of the hypertension drug, based on the decision.

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