St. Jude Medical signed on the dotted line to acquire interventional pain management therapy manufacturer NeuroTherm for approximately $200 million in cash, strengthening its foothold in the chronic pain market.
Following the $5.3 billion sale of Abbott Laboratories' developed market generic drugs business to Mylan, diagnostics and devices will account for the majority of the company's sales, while pharmaceuticals' contribution to company-wide sales will stand at about 15%, based on 2013 earnings.
Add a new set of pricing foes for Gilead Sciences). A U.S. Senate committee has joined the forces arrayed against the company's breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi and its $84,000 price tag.
Look who's talking. After four takeover bids from AbbVie, target Shire is finally in discussions with the Illinois drugmaker. And those have yielded yet another improved offer--a $53.7 billion bid Shire says its board would back.
There's a whiff of inevitability with AbbVie's quest for Shire, as the latter company has confirmed that the two have found an agreeable price, setting the stage for a potential merger worth about $53.7 billion.
Mylan has been hunting for a buy. Now, it's found one. The Pittsburgh-based generics specialist is buying a big chunk of Abbott Laboratories' drug business, in a stock swap worth $5.3 billion. With $2 billion in annual sales, the products would jack up Mylan's top line by almost 30%.
With time running out for AbbVie to strike a deal with Shire before it will have to walk away for as long as 6 months under U.K. takeover law, the Illinois-based company is encouraging top Shire shareholders to push the Irish drugmaker toward the bargaining table.
Shire has refused to negotiate with a dogged AbbVie after four increasingly priced overtures, and now, with a $51.5 billion offer on the table, AbbVie is pressing shareholders to badger the company into agreeing to a sit-down.
Allergan has said it's working on some plans of its own to give investors "most of what they want" instead of the $53 billion hostile bid that Valeant and lead Allergan shareholder Pershing Square have put before them. And if those plans include a pickup of its own, it better get to it, shareholders say.
The share prices of AbbVie and takeover target Shire keep drifting downward amid sustained uncertainty over a deal. A couple of healthcare investors we talked to feel the deal is by no means definite--a concern that is also reflected in the continued wide spread between the latest offer price and Shire's share price.