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Roche (RHHBY) Cuts 100 Jobs in Diabetes Reorg


10/23/2012 7:34:20 AM

Roche Diagnostics Corp.’s diabetes business continues to restructure, even as the company won its third product approval of the year in the United States. Roche officials said last week that price competition and lower reimbursement rates are driving a change in its research & development units, first launched this summer, which will trim about 100 positions combined from its R&D hubs in Indianapolis and Mannheim, Germany. Also, Roche is continuing to streamline its U.S. field sales staff, a move first announced in January, in an effort that will trim an unspecific number of employees. Meanwhile the Swiss company, which operates its North American headquarters out of Indianapolis, continues to clear away the regulatory roadblocks that have held back its diabetes business in recent years. Roche won approval last week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the next generation of its hospital blood glucose meter, called Inform II.

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