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The US National Institutes of Health has made a deal with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly to share "abandoned experimental drugs" with academic researchers, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The hope, Kaiser says, is that researchers will be able to find new uses for the drugs. The companies will grant access to two dozen compounds that have passed safety studies, but were deemed ineffective for a specific purpose.

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