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Forest gives old Namenda a reprieve as switching to XR formula continues

In an about-face, Forest Laboratories says it will continue to sell its original version of the Alzheimer's treatment Namenda into the fall of 2014, rather than taking it off the market in August.

UPDATED: Actavis to merge with Forest Labs in $25B deal

For Actavis, the deal would deliver a new set of drugs for marketing, part of its core M&A strategy as Watson first snapped up Actavis, took the Swiss company's name and then engineered a $5 billion buyout of Warner Chilcott, gaining an Irish domicile and the considerable tax advantages that go with it.

Watson beefs up R&D effort with $305M women's health buyout

With an eye to boosting its pipeline of experimental drugs for women's health, generics giant Watson Pharmaceuticals has swooped in and acquired Belgium's Uteron Pharma in a $305 million deal.

The top M&A dealmakers in biopharma

Step back and look at the trend in biopharma M&A and you'll find less money than you would have seen on the table last year. Read the report on this year's dealmaking climate >>

Actavis eyes fast-growing biosimilar market

With a deal on the table to buy up a 51% stake in Poland's Bioton, Actavis says it wants to use the move as a springboard into biosimilars. Like a slate of biopharma companies, the Icelandic...

Actavis to buy Abrika Pharma in $238M deal

Iceland's generic drug maker Actavis has agreed to buy Abrika Pharmaceuticals in the U.S. for up to $238.5 million. Actavis will make an initial payment of $110 million in cash and up to $125 million based on its performance over the next three years. Actavis says the deal will make it a leader in the U.S. for controlled-release drugs. The Icelandic company recently lost a bidding war with Barr for Croatia's Pliva.- here's the …

SPOTLIGHT: Actavis buys ZiO Zdorovje for $60M

Generic drug maker Actavis has announced that it has acquired a 51 percent controlling interest in Russian manufacturer ZiO Zdorovje. The total deal is for $60 million, and Actavis says that it hopes the investment will give it a foothold in the expanding Russian generics market. "We believe that the combination of our local manufacturing expertise with Actavis' extensive product portfolio will significantly enhance the growth prospects for both businesses and we are very excited …

Press Release: Actavis expands presence in Russia

Press Release: Actavis expands presence in Russia

Barr gains majority of Pliva shares

Barr Pharmaceuticals would appear to have won the battle for Croatia's Pliva with its announcement that it has acquired more than 70 percent of the drug maker's stock. Barr had been in a bidding war with Actavis for control of Pliva. If Barr completes the deal, which seems likely, it will create the world's third largest generic drug maker.- Here's the article from the International Herald Tribune

SPOTLIGHT: Actavis receives warning letter

The FDA has issued a warning letter regarding Actavis' manufacturing facility in Little Falls, NJ. The agency has questioned its reporting of adverse medical events and raised questions regarding the marketing status of older products. No new products will be made there until the agency's concerns are satisfied. Report