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AbbVie to acquire Shire in $54.6 billion deal

Friday, July 18, 2014 10:24 AM

The boards of AbbVie and Shire have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended combination of Shire with AbbVie that values Shire at approximately $54.61 billion.

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Pfizer to acquire InnoPharma

Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:48 PM

Pfizer has entered an agreement to acquire InnoPharma, a privately held pharmaceutical development company, for an upfront cash payment of $225 million, with up to $135 million of contingent milestone payments.

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Shire willing to discuss AbbVie’s 5th revised proposal

Monday, July 14, 2014 12:48 PM

Following discussions with AbbVie, Shirerequested and has received a further revised proposal from AbbVie on July 13 for a total offering of $53 billion.

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Abbott to sell generics pharmaceuticals business to Mylan, form new entity

Monday, July 14, 2014 12:47 PM

Abbott will sell its non-U.S. developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business to Mylan for 105 million shares, or approximately 21%, on a fully diluted basis, of a newly formed entity that will combine Mylan's existing business and Abbott's developed markets pharmaceuticals business. The new entity will be a publicly traded company. This represents a value of approximately $5.3 billion based on Mylan's closing stock price on Friday.

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Prostrakan to acquire Archimedes

Friday, July 11, 2014 11:26 AM

ProStrakan Group, a subsidiary of global specialty pharmaceutical company Kyowa Hakko Kirin (KHK), has entered into an agreement with Novo, a private limited liability company fully owned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, to purchase the entire share capital of Archimedes Pharma for $394 million in cash.

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Baxter acquires AesRx

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:51 PM

Baxter International has acquired AesRx, a private U.S. biopharmaceutical company focused on orphan drug targets, including the development and commercialization of Aes-103, an investigational prophylactic treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD).

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Salix Pharmaceuticals, Cosmo Technologies to merge

Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:33 PM

Salix Pharmaceuticals will merge with Cosmo Technologies, a subsidiary of Italy-based Cosmo Pharmaceuticals. Salix will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Irish-domiciled Cosmo Tech, which will change its name to Salix Pharmaceuticals.

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Prescriptions in England up 60%, but costs up only 15% since 2003

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:10 PM

The number of prescription items dispensed in England has increased by 58.5% since 2003, according to a new Health and Social Care Information Center (HSCIC) analysis. Over 1.03 billion items were prescribed in 2013, compared to 649.7 million in 2003.

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EFPIA launches IMI2—a $4.5B public-private healthcare partnership

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:09 PM

EFPIA has announced the launch of IMI2, the continuation of the successful partnership of industry and public bodies to tackle health needs. IMI is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and EFPIA, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. The first phase of IMI (2008 to 2013) was established with a budget of $2.7 billion. IMI2 has been established under the E.U. framework program Horizon 2020 with an even bigger budget of $4.5 billion—bringing together the public and private sectors in the largest healthcare PPP in Europe.

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AbbVie outlines revised $51.3B Shire offer

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:08 PM

AbbVie has outlined its revised proposal for Shire of $38.38 in cash and 0.8568 ordinary shares of New AbbVie for each Shire share (the Fourth Proposal). The Fourth Proposal represents an indicative value of $87.49 as of July 7, for a total of approximately $51.3 billion.

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