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.
Pfizer reportedly not interested in acquiring AZ; high deductible plans set to envelop healthcare insurance exchanges; GSK's mature drug portfolio finds a wholesale suitor.
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.
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
The Chesterbrook, PA, drug manufacturer announced Monday Endo's unsolicited $2.2-billion bid undervalued the company.
Endo's timing also comes as Auxilium has committed to reorganizing and merging with Canada's QLT.
PwC anticipates that divestitures will fuel late-2014 deals, but notes that the noise around early deals and the financials don't fully match up.
Allergan sets a shareholder voting date, Novo describes the types of acquisitions it will consider, and the AstraZeneca-Pfizer talks can now reopen.
Political furor over the recent spate of tax inversions is having little influence on how the government chooses its partners.
The Wall Street Journal says the deal would add "another layer of intrigue" to the Allergan-Valeant hostilities.
GlaxoSmithKline, Actelion, Sanofi and Roche are said to be among a host of suitors.
CEO Severin Schwan tells Reuters that the Swiss firm will be looking for small acquisitions and partnerships.
The deal includes a $1.6-billion fee if AbbVie tries to walk away.
Shire and AbbVie's courtship has entered round five. A deal would offer AbbVie tax relief, and possibly make it an acquisition target.
NuPathe decided Teva's $144-million offer was a better fit, ending its possible Endo merger.
Novartis prepares for a strategic review that hints at scuttling lesser-performing businesses; Regeneron's Eylea sales prompt expansion; Pfizer targets diabetes and obesity; and the FDA approves an MS stem cell trial
Perrigo sweeps Elan off its feet for $8.6 billion, and Valeant is slashing 2,700 jobs.
Over the weekend, Publicis Omnicom vaulted past WPP to become the world's biggest ad holding company. The task now falls on its co-CEOs to sort out any conflicts and prevent defections.
Why executives evaluating biotech acquisitions shouldn't overlook the cultural dimension: A new paper finds a link to revenue performance.
Driven by consolidation in the healthcare industry, J&J is reuniting Ethicon, Inc. and Ethicon Endo-Surgery to present surgeons and health systems with a single face.
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.
An agency bellwether, PHCG is hoping to return to growth after a tame 2012, its CEO said this week.
The Pfizer chief told investors that the company will provide "transparency" on its new and established products businesses, with a view toward a possible Abbott-esque spinoff down the road
LifeScan's new glucose monitor gets an FDA green light; Havas Health merges two London shops and refreshes H4B branding
Former Pfizer chieftain Hank McKinnell is taking the reins at stock scandal-plagued Optimer—perchance to sell it to Pfizer?
InVentiv is merging two of its digital agencies into two full-service shops: GSW, Fueled by Blue Diesel and Ignite + Palio.
Healthcare PR giant Dan Edelman dies; Pfizer says 'no comment' on breakup speculation; Publicis Healthcare snags a new SVP; Lippincott gives nurses a new drug diagnosis tool.
Pfizer and at least two other pharmas are spreading pink slips instead of cheer
Havas is merging two digital shops, Euro RSCG Life 4D and Creative Lynx, to form Havas Lynx, a transatlantic full service group that will serve as a mini-network alongside Havas Life and Health4Brands.
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