To address the European Commission's concerns about its proposed $13.4 billion acquisition of Biomet, Zimmer Holdings has proposed the divestiture of "one unicompartmental knee brand and one elbow brand" in the European Economic Areas as well as "one total knee brand" in two European countries.
British healthcare group BTG is snatching up interventional pulmonology outfit PneumRx in a deal worth up to $475 million, getting its hands on the company's device for severe emphysema and diversifying its product offerings.
Avanir, which agreed to sell itself to Otsuka earlier this week for $3.5 billion, may have been able to snag another price, some analysts figure. Problem is, it may too late to do anything about it.
As Mylan gears up to close a $5.3 billion deal to buy a chunk of Abbott's generics business and shift its tax base to the Netherlands, some investors are speculating it could itself become a target for another stateside company looking for a tax inversion. But to that, Sanford Bernstein analyst Tim Anderson says they shouldn't hold their breath.
Medtronic has sold $17 billion in bonds to fund its $43 billion acquisition of Covidien that's still expected to close early next year. The medical device giant had been expecting to fund the deal mostly with ex-U.S. cash, but opted instead for debt in order to avoid potential issues with U.S. regulators seeking to crack down on tax inversion deals.
Roche has been on a diagnostics roll as of late, pushing for regulatory approval of proprietary technology and striking deals to gain a stronger foothold in emerging markets. Now, the Swiss drugmaker is entering the prenatal diagnostics space with its purchase of Ariosa Diagnostics.
Roche is diving into the prenatal testing business, snatching up Ariosa Diagnostics to expand its diagnostics offerings and to get its hands on the company's noninvasive prenatal test for genetic abnormalities.
Otsuka's patent cliff is coming, with the expiration date on best-seller Abilify's IP shield just around the corner. But now, the Japanese pharma has signed a $3.5 billion agreement to pick up Avanir Pharmaceuticals that could help soften the blow.
Avanir has made something of a reputation for itself by mixing a pair of generics--a cough suppressant and an old heart medicine--into a new elixir that can calm an emotional outburst. And Japan's Otsuka has stepped in to snap up the company, its product and a pipeline of repurposed meds for a hefty $3.5 billion.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission found only one antitrust wrinkle in the combo of the consumer health units of GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis and says it has been ironed out. Novartis will sell its Habitrol nicotine patch business so the new joint venture will not have too much market sway in pricing of nicotine patches in the U.S.