11/30/2005

AstraZeneca, Novartis and Merck are among the large drugmakers eyeing a possible acquisition of SkyePharma, the U.K. maker of drug-delivery systems, which has said it is looking for a buyer following a takeover bid by Innovata. SkyePharma is expected to disclose some of the bidders for the firm next week, but a spokesman declined to comment.

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