MCOs Make Deals to Combat High Drug Costs

Drug companies and managed care organizations are working to keep prices from rising precipitously. Then there’s Pfizer.

Perrigo Lets Go of Tysabri Royalties

Perrigo finally sold its royalty interest in Tysabri, a multiple sclerosis drug that it acquired as part of Elan Corporation back in 2013. Royalty Pharma, the hostile bidder for Elan back then, paid $2.2 billion for Tysabri royalties.

Merck Coughs Up $500 Million for Afferent

Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) added to its product pipeline with the $500 million acquisition Afferent Pharmaceuticals, a privately held biotechnology company in San Mateo, California. Afferent develops therapeutic candidates targeting the P2X3 receptor, for the treatment of common, poorly-managed neurogenic conditions. Afferent’s lead candidate, AF-219, is a selective, non-narcotic, orally administered P2X3 antagonist. It is […]