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A Biotech 'Cure'

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has had a "miserable" year, says Forbes' Robert Langreth. Sales are "stagnant"; it's facing the loss of its patent on asthma drug Advair; its diabetes treatment, Avandia, is off the market in Europe and use of the drug was restricted in the US after the company was accused of minimizing data that show it caused heart problems; and in October, it paid $750 million to settle charges that it produced tainted drugs.

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