On the Decline

The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog has put together a chart of R&D spending by US drug companies — a related article in the paper said that R&D fell in 2009 by 3.8 percent to $382.6 billion. Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson's spending dropped by 10.8 and 12.7 percent, respectively while the other companies showed gains in spending.

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