Feeding the Beast

A Wall Street Journal article reports that Pfizer is talking about acquiring rival Wyeth for $68 billion in the largest pharmaceutical deal in nearly a decade. The blogosphere is abuzz, mostly with negative feedback. Derek Lowe has written two posts, one at In the Pipeline and another at The Atlantic's blog.

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