AbbVie/Allergan Merger Edges Closer To FTC Clearance
AstraZeneca will reacquire Allergan's investigational IL-23 inhibitor brazikumab, and Nestle is to buy its GI drug Zenpep, which had nine-month revenue of $208m.
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Commissioner Chopra says candy maker Nestlé cannot take Allergan’s place in the market and AstraZeneca would get a windfall without paying anything for a valuable drug development project. AbbVie/Allergan must divest enzyme replacement therapies Zenpap and Viokace to Nestlé and investigational IL-23 inhibitor brazikumab to AstraZeneca.
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US Federal Trade Commission has mainly focused in pay-for-delay cases over the past decade, but pricing strategies are an emerging area of attention; industry is paying close attention to potential enforcement in biosimilar market.