Iron Replacement Roundup

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In Corona, Calif., Watson Pharmaceuticals announced it would continue to sell its iron deficiency treatment, Ferrlecit, in the United States until the end of the year. A Swiss arbiter ruled in favor of Watson. In March 2008, Ferrlecit’s maker, Sanofi-Aventis, let Watson know that their joint agreement for supply and distribution of Ferrlecit would expire on Feb. 18, 2009, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Sanofi-Aventis noted it would expect damages if any sales occur after that date.

In a decision favoring Watson, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce Court of Arbitration ruled that the Ferrlecit