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Roche is planning a round of cutbacks, reports Pharmalot's Ed Silverman. "In view of mounting pressures to curb healthcare costs — especially in the United States and Europe — together with recent developments in late-stage projects in the Roche pipeline, this initiative aims to adapt cost structures and accelerate productivity improvements group-wide," a Roche statement says.

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