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CareFusion Makes Its First Steps Count

Executive Summary

Just six months removed from Cardinal Health, CareFusion is making headlines with new products, anti-trust lawsuits and signficant acquisitions. The three individual events reflect the aggressive attitude CareFusion executives intend to carry now that they’re free from Cardinal Health.

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