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Drugmaker Endo posts narrower first-quarter loss

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May 9 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Endo International Plc reported a smaller quarterly loss on Thursday, as sales of its sterile injectables and branded drugs rose.

Net loss narrowed to $18.6 million, or 8 cents per share, for the first quarter ended March 31, from $505.5 million, or $2.26 a share, a year earlier.

Revenue rose 2.8 percent to $720.4 million.

The company recorded asset impairment charges of $165.4 million in the quarter, compared with $448.4 million a year-ago. (Reporting by Aakash Jagadeesh Babu and Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)