Bausch Health Buys Bankrupt Synergy Pharmaceuticals

Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE: BHC) is back on the acquisition trail. It’s recent target is Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., (NASDAQ: SGYP), a New York City-based biopharma focused on novel gastrointestinal (GI) therapies. Its flagship product, Trulance (plecanatide) is a once-daily tablet approved for adults with chronic idiopathic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. Synergy […]

Endo Tries to Upstage Valeant’s Bid for Salix

It’s not over until the fat check arrives. That’s the story of Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP), which last month accepted Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ (NYSE: VRX) $10.1 billion acquisition offer. Valeant thought it had snatched victory from Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) and Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP), which were also readying bids for the troubled Salix. Endo […]

Year’s Biggest Billion-Dollar Deals Top $64 Billion

Already in 2015, we’ve recorded 11 billion-dollar-plus deals, for a total of $64.4 billion. Thanks to the $21 billion AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) bid for Pharmacyclics (NASDAQ: PCYC), the biotechnology sector accounted for $27.5 billion of those big deals. Pharmaceuticals, with four billion-plus transactions, still ranks first, with combined spending of $30.45 billion.