Actavis acquires Auden Mckenzie for $459 million; Sanofi/Regeneron's PCSK9 inhibitor could be first to market; Gilead strikes a deal for Harvoni and Sovaldi with four German health insurers.
Brent Saunders, the mind behind the $66 billion acquisition of Allergan, which elevated Actavis to the tenth-largest drugmaker in the world, tells Forbes that growth through acquisition is not simply a short-term tactic but part of a long-term strategy.
CMS head Marilyn Tavenner has resigned; Depomed acquires Nucynta pain pill from J&J; Merck's innovation lead leaves for insurer.
Prime Therapeutics gives Gilead's Harvoni and AbbVie's Viekira Pak preferred formulary status; Novartis and Qualcomm team up for new investment firm; UK cost watchdog axes cancer drug coverage.
India's Patent Office sets aside Humira patent; Gilead acquires fatty liver disease agent; Bloomberg report says M&A activity likely to persist in 2015.
Interim CEO Serge Weinberg tells a German paper that the company is prepared to buy assets that meet its goal of providing stable, steady growth.
Merck buys up Cubist in an $8.4B deal, a jury sides with AstraZeneca in a generic Nexium lawsuit and the NYT finds a correlation between Genentech payments and Lucentis prescriptions.
Actavis and Allergan have a $66-billion-dollar deal, Merck's Vytorin hits its endpoint, and Pfizer puts up $850 million for an experimental cancer drug.
Valeant's war for Allergan also includes a soft touch when it comes to doctors: the WSJ reports that the company is winning over professionals with trips and consulting offers.
Actavis and Allergan are close to a deal in the $60-billionish range; AstraZeneca is working on a Brilinta antidote; scientists find what amounts to a naturally occurring version of Merck's Zetia.
Bloomberg reports that the race to merge with Omega also includes privately-held Boehringer Ingelheim and Perrigo.
Amgen sues Sanofi and Regeneron over PCSK9 patents; FDA panel wants Chantix black box to stay; Valeant-Allergan uproar rises in pitch; Pharmacyclics and Roche team up against CLL; and GSK's Ebola vax may "miss" the current crisis.
AbbVie's board is encouraging shareholders to kill the Shire acquisition, and analysts say a breakup would still leave Shire in a strong position.
An analyst says the $12.2B deal creates a one-stop shopping experience for hospitals.
Salix-Cosmo tax-inversion deal quashed, chronic heart failure market set to expand, rising generic drug prices get lawmakers' attention, NICE gives leukemia drug a thumbs-down, FDA has a good rep
Driven by a number of high-profile buys in 2013, pharma saw a return to investment through acquisition after a 2012 dip.
Covidien is buying ingestible-camera company Given Imaging.
Already the world's third-largest generics maker, Actavis stands to gain if it can seal the deal
Having finally accepted that external R&D is the future, big pharmas are snapping up earlier-stage biotechs and biologics, but they're not betting the farm on them, thanks to pre-nup-like earnout deals.
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