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Neoforma kills Eclipsys merger

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In a blow to its effort to get big fast, b-to-b medical marketplace Neoforma.com Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday ended its bid to acquire medical software firm Eclipsys Corp., Delray Beach, Fla. The planned $689 million deal will be replaced with a co-marketing and distribution deal between the two companies. Analysts originally questioned the deal, wondering why an e-marketplace would take on the burden of selling more traditional software systems. Neoforma.com went public in January, saw its stock rise to almost $80 a share, only to fall to a nudge above $10 a share earlier today.
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