MERCK, BRISTOL-MYERS LICENSE AIDS DRUGS

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Drug giants Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb said Monday they have separately licensed new AIDS drugs specifically for women. Both firms said they have granted to the International Partnership for Microbicides royalty-free deals to develop, produce and distribute its compound for use as microbicides in poor countries ravaged by the disease.

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