At the American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting held in Washington, DC, at the end of July, it was the changing role of clinical laboratory medicine in improving healthcare that garnered the most attention. In one of the first plenary sessions, Roy Vagelos, retired chairman and CEO of Merck, talked about the changing pharmaceutical industry and its evolving role in providing healthcare.

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