FILE - This Oct. 25, 2011 file photo shows the logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG on one of their buildings in Basel, Switzerland. Novartis AG on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, reported a net profit of $2.48 billion during the third quarter, with income remaining flat as new drugs offset patent expirations. The Basel-based company's profits between July and September were virtually unchanged from $2.49 billion in the third quarter of 2011. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas, File).

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FILE - This Oct. 25, 2011 file photo shows the logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG on one of their buildings in Basel, Switzerland. Novartis AG on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, reported a net profit of $2.48 billion during the third quarter, with income remaining flat as new drugs offset patent expirations. The Basel-based company's profits between July and September were virtually unchanged from $2.49 billion in the third quarter of 2011.  (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas, File).
FILE - This Oct. 25, 2011 file photo shows the logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG on one of their buildings in Basel, Switzerland. Novartis AG on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, reported a net profit of $2.48 billion during the third quarter, with income remaining flat as new drugs offset patent expirations. The Basel-based company's profits between July and September were virtually unchanged from $2.49 billion in the third quarter of 2011. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas, File).
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