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Pfizer's interest in AstraZeneca worries Maryland

Pfizer's interest in AstraZeneca worries Maryland

Research labs closed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer dot the country: Illinois. Michigan. New Jersey. New York. North Carolina.

Maryland officials don't want this state to join that list.

After Pfizer declared its desire to buy AstraZeneca — which employs 3,100 in the state — Gov. Martin O'Malley and six members of Maryland's congressional delegation fired off concerned letters, even though the purchase is by no means a done deal. So far, London-based AstraZeneca has rebuffed its New York suitor.

Yet O'Malley pressed Pfizer for assurances on jobs, noting that the company made some employment promises to the United Kingdom. Pfizer's response:...