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STAT Plus: Pharmalittle: Will a judge nix the CVS-Aetna deal? Takeda to sell billions in assets to pay for Shire




And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is especially modest. We plan to catch up on our reading and napping, and supervise the exploits of our shortest person in a driving machine. And what about you? Various holidays are approaching, so this may be a good time to schedule a getaway or undertake a shopping spree in search of items for special someones (and boost the economy at the same time). Or you could brush up on your geography and measure just how small oceans may really be. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …

In an unusual move, a federal judge on Thursday raised the prospect of not approving CVS Health’s (CVS) $69 billion deal to buy Aetna (AET), which closed earlier this week, Reuters writes. Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia objected to what he said was his treatment by the government and the companies as a “rubber stamp” for the deal, noting that CVS had closed its deal on Wednesday. Leon raised the prospect of not deciding on the deal until the summer, or perhaps rejecting it, before setting another hearing for Monday.

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