More Losses

Layoffs are hitting Sanofi-Aventis and possibly Astra-Zeneca and Eli Lilly, says Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline. He says that Astra-Zeneca's cuts may be "follow-through from their earlier nonspecific announcements - it looks as if they're finally going to start getting down to some details" and that at Lilly, some chemistry positions may be lost.

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