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Is AstraZeneca Abbott's most likely merger partner?

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Executive Summary

Following the announcement on 19 October that Abbott Laboratories is to separate its prescription pharmaceutical unit from its other business units, speculation has turned to whether a rival big pharma player will make a move to acquire Abbott’s prescription portfolio, which is heavily focused on the anti-TNF biologic therapy Humira (Scripintelligence.com 20 October 2011).

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