Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew yesterday unveiled a plethora reforms to make tax inversion more difficult and less attractive, potentially killing a plethora of pending mergers with foreign companies, including Medtronic's $43 billion tie-up with Ireland's Covidien.
Mylan and Health Canada have rethought a recall of Mylan-Nitro Spray that it hopes will not deprive users of the meds they need for angina. The effort comes as the FDA has been fighting a shortage of nitroglycerin in the U.S.
Gilead Sciences is presenting a huge gift to Mylan and half a dozen Indian generics makers. It is transferring the manufacturing technology for its biggest product and its blessing to go make cheap copies in 91 markets.
Cheap Sovaldi is on the way, and it could very well be coming to an emerging market near you. Gilead has ironed out a licensing deal for the hep C wonder with 7 companies--including Mylan and Ranbaxy--and they'll bring low-cost copies to 91 developing countries.
Generics maker Mylan has been laying out billions over the last 12 months for M&A. Now, it has inked a deal for a single drug: Arixtra, an injectable blood thinner that fights clots in the legs and lungs.
The second round of bidding for a portfolio of aging GlaxoSmithKline drugs is about to begin, and a bevy of big names is expected to participate. The product portfolio--which includes such drugs as Paxil for depression, the antimalarial Malarone, and the fish-oil based Lovaza--brings in about £1 billion ($1.7 billion) in annual sales.
We know plenty of Big Pharma companies are hawking portfolios of old products. What we don't know is who might buy them. One answer came earlier this week, when Mylan said it would acquire an ex-U.S. portfolio of Abbott Laboratories meds in a $5.3 billion stock swap. Now, it might be Sanofi's turn--and Mylan and Abbott are part of that chatter, too.
Wall Street analysts took advantage of a conference call on Abbott's just-announced sale of its developed market generics business to ask about some of their favorite topics, future M&A and the recent onset of tax inversion mania among life science companies.
Following the $5.3 billion sale of Abbott Laboratories' developed market generic drugs business to Mylan, diagnostics and devices will account for the majority of the company's sales, while pharmaceuticals' contribution to company-wide sales will stand at about 15%, based on 2013 earnings.
Mylan has been hunting for a buy. Now, it's found one. The Pittsburgh-based generics specialist is buying a big chunk of Abbott Laboratories' drug business, in a stock swap worth $5.3 billion. With $2 billion in annual sales, the products would jack up Mylan's top line by almost 30%.