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Reuters: In Fresenius, Danone could lose second suitor for nutrition unit

French company Danone hasn't had much luck so far hawking its medical nutrition business--and bidder Fresenius may be set to walk away, Reuters reports.

Medtronic gets EU regulatory green light for $43B merger with Covidien

Medtronic scored EU regulatory approval for its $43 billion acquisition of Covidien, days after U.S. antitrust authorities signed off on the deal subject to certain conditions.

Recipharm makes another buy to scale up its European might

Swedish contract drug developer Recipharm has signed a deal to extend its reach into France, buying a new facility and partnering with a local firm.

Valeant CEO touts R&D output with new dermatology approval

Less than two weeks after losing longtime acquisition target Allergan--which happily sold itself to Actavis to dodge Valeant's hostile bid and the R&D cuts it feared would come along with it--the Canadian pharma is talking up the productivity of its own labs.

Odds for a Pfizer-AZ matchup? All over the map, if you listen to analysts

Forget the odds on Thanksgiving Day football games. What's your bet on Pfizer lodging another bid for AstraZeneca?

Bayer may hive off another unit as it doubles down on pharma, consumer health

Turns out it may not be just Bayer's plastics business that's on its way out the door. The company is reportedly exploring a sale of its diabetes device business as it rides pharma's slim-down wave.

Bayer to sell diabetes device biz for as much as $2.5B

Bayer hopes to sell its ailing diabetes device unit to help bolster growth and fund a potential acquisition of Zoetis. The conglomerate would like to focus more closely on medicines, which has been a faster growth area than devices.

What are the odds? Pfizer-AstraZeneca merger chatter heats up

Will they or won't they? That question seems to be on quite a few minds these days as the oddsmakers assess the chances of another Pfizer megamerger bid for AstraZeneca after the U.K.'s cooling off period ends on Wednesday.

Which Allergan execs will stay? Actavis won't say, but promises job cuts, China growth

Actavis has a lot to do as it works to bring new acquisition Allergan into the fold. And finding ways to grow the California company's products in China is high on the list.

Bayer sees IPO cash as war chest for new consumer deals

Once Bayer raises the billions it anticipates from an IPO of its plastics business, it plans to pay off debt. But after that? Expect some OTC acquisitions, the company's CEO says.