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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.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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