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Drugmakers seek ways to deal with the 'patent cliff'

A technician works at Fukui Warp Knitting's textile factory. The company is collaborating with Teijin to develop pharmaceutical products using textile technology.

TOKYO   Despite knowing well in advance, a company loses 40% of its total revenue overnight and there is little or no hope of recovery. In the absence of a high-profile scandal, companies in most industries would consider themselves extremely unlucky to be facing a situation like this. But the problem is far from rare in the pharmaceutical industry.

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