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Sunday's vote in Switzerland has raised fears that the measure is the latest in a long list of reforms that could curb the country's business-friendly environment.
Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas with the European Union, Swiss television reported.
Global healthcare company Roche is confident of growth in emerging markets despite the economic slowdown.
But the delay in packaging the liquid version has not affected supplies of regular Tamiflu, said the Roche unit that makes the medication.
European equities closed lower on Tuesday as investors remained cautious over the timing of the Fed's reduction of its stimulus program.
GlaxoSmithKline's pharmaceutical and vaccine sales to China tumbled 61 percent in the third quarter, with the drugmaker hit by an ongoing bribery investigation.
European equities closed narrowly higher on Thursday, with investors underwhelmed by U.S. lawmakers finally reaching a deal to lift the country's borrowing limit.
Emerging markets still offer room for growth, Roche's CEO told CNBC after the pharma posted an 8 percent increase in third-quarter sales.
With Washington's debt battle over, markets will quickly shift focus to earnings and how much the government shutdown actually impacted the economy.
Andrew Weiss, head of pharma and biotech research at Vontobel, says Roche's plan reflects the Swiss pharmaceutical giant's strong pipeline.
German airline Deutsche Lufthansa announced its largest-ever aircraft order on Thursday, worth 14 billion euros ($19.0 billion).
Verizon Communications priced a massive bond sale on Wednesday, offering $49 billion worth of debt.
The FDA is expected to decide on whether to fast track Perjeta for early treatment of breast cancer by Oct. 31.
As resources move to other areas, cardiologists fear the battle against heart disease could stall after advances marked by critical drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
The investment bank highlights eight industry themes it describes as "creative destruction" - trends that make it necessary for companies to either "adapt or die."
European shares closed lower on Thursday with investor confidence curbed by a mixed bag of earnings from major companies and concerns about slowing growth in China.
Daniel O'Day, CEO of Roche, talks about the company's results for the first half of the year and sales of its new breast cancer drugs.
Daniel O'Day, CEO of Roche's pharma unit, declines to comment on Alexion deal talks, but says the company is keen on incorporating innovations into its portfolio.
Daniel O'Day, the CEO of Roche's pharmaceuticals unit declined to comment on market rumors that the Swiss drug maker is about to bid for Alexion, but told CNBC that the company continues to look for new innovations.
Andrew Weiss, head of pharma and biotech research at Vontobel, , talks about Novartis' quarterly results and outlook and says the company will remain under pressure for the next few quarters.