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AstraZeneca loses landmark Losec appeal

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The General Court of the European Union has broadly upheld the fine imposed by the European Commission on AstraZeneca for abuse of a dominant position by blocking or delaying generic versions of its proton pump inhibitor, the anti-ulcer drug Losec (omeprazole). The move is expected to give support to the commission in its pursuit of antitrust actions against pharmaceutical companies; the industry federation EFPIA said the ruling could have a "chilling effect" on innovation.

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