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WASHINGTON - Abbott Laboratories said Friday it will withdraw its diet pill Meridia in the U.S.

NEW YORK - The weight loss drug Meridia is being be pulled off the market in Canada, the nation's health department said Friday, because of links to side effects like heart attacks and strokes.

Drug data firm IMS Health now considers 17 countries to be "emerging markets" for prescription drug sales.

GROWTH SPURT: IMS Health forecasts global prescription drug sales will rise 5 percent to 7 percent next year, up from just 4 percent to 5 percent growth this year.

TRENTON, N.J. - Revenue from global prescription drug sales should increase 5 percent to 7 percent next year, reaching at least $880 billion, fueled by new drugs and rising sales in developing countries, according to drug data firm IMS Health.
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