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Business News Archive - November 16, 2005

By Tom Armitage ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche, main producer of the drug thought to be the best defense against a possible pandemic caused by bird flu, has settled a dispute with the drug's inventor over production and royalties, the companies said on Wednesday.

Fresh off a victory in the last Vioxx case to go to trial, Merck & Co Inc. is preparing to start fighting another lawsuit over the painkiller later this month in a Houston federal court.