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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
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.