Piece by piece, AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) continues to divest the rights of Seroquel and Seroquel XR (Seroquel), a prescription drug for schizophrenia and bipolar, in various major markets. It used to be a big seller for the pharmaceutical giant over the years but has since declined considerably after the FDA approved a generic version of […]
Ready or not, here comes Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (STO: SOBI). The company recently paid $1.5 billion to AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) in a double-sided deal. First, it’s acquiring the perpetual U.S. rights to Synagis (palivizumab), which prevents serious lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) caused by FSV in high-risk infants. The other side of the deal […]
Big Pharma deals are back, more than ever. After six weeks of offers, refusals, talks and more, Japanese drug giant Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (OTCQB: TKPYY) reached an agreement to acquire Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) for $81.5 billion, including assumed debt of $19.54 billion. It’s the largest healthcare deal announced ever, unless you count Pfizer’s […]
On the eve of the 36th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, it’s only fitting to take a look at where pharmaceutical deals ended up at the end of 2017. Suffice to say, at a record low deal volume. Preliminary data show just 96 transactions for pharmaceutical targets were announced last year, the first time pharma […]
Drug companies and managed care organizations are working to keep prices from rising precipitously. Then there’s Pfizer.
There’s been a sharp drop in Pharmaceutical deals in the first quarter of 2017, compared with a year ago. What’s up with that?
AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) has been on the receiving end of three different purchases in the first five days of October, selling licenses to three of its non-core assets for a combined upfront payment of $450 million. Its selling spree occurred in tandem with the announced trial failure of its blood thinner Brilinta (ticagrelor), which failed […]
The pharmaceutical industry has largely given up on in-house research and development, saying that the R&D timeline is too costly, long and uncertain to fund with shareholders’ money. The industry has gone from bolt-on acquisitions of smaller companies with marketed products to battling it out for clinical-stage drug candidates. What’s surprised some industry observers is […]
Forget those early- to mid-stage clinical candidates. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) jumped the line with its $13.5 billion deal for oncology drug maker Medivation Inc. (NASDAQ: MDVN). The target’s primary product is XTANDI® (enzalutamide), an androgen receptor inhibitor, the leading novel hormone therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. Pfizer will pay $81.50 per share in […]
This isn’t a sleepy deal. AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) sold the ex-U.S. rights to its portfolio of seven established anesthesia medicines to Aspen Global Incorporated. Aspen Global is the holding company for Aspen Group‘s (OTCBB: ASPU) international business that manages and maintains intellectual property rights, and regulatory and commercial strategies of a portfolio of specialist and […]