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Schwarz Shops Fesoterodine to Pfizer

Executive Summary

Pfizer Inc.'s acquisition of worldwide rights to Schwarz's registration-stage incontinence product fesoterodine for $210 million plus royalties is the most recent milestone in the German company's successful integration of drug development to its legacy marketing organization-and one that nearly guarantees it a substantial revenue stream regardless of how fesoterodine fares in the marketplace.

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