The pharmaceutical industry seems besieged on all sides, with declining R&D productivity, expiring patents on blockbuster products and relentless downward pricing pressure forcing companies to look closely at the bottom line. One affect of this onslaught has been an upsurge in the level of M&A activity as players within the industry consolidate to cut costs, expand research pipelines and lengthen geographic reach.
12-Jan-2015 - Shire says its $5.2bn (€4.4bn) acquisition of NPS Pharmaceuticals is a calculated risk, coming just days before the US FDA decides whther to approve the hormone replacement therapy Natpara.
15-Dec-2014 - Sosei Group Corporation is looking to peptides to replenish its pipeline through the $70m acquisition of technology firm Jitsubo.
10-Dec-2014 - The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved Sun Pharma’s $3.2bn acquisition of Ranbaxy.
27-Nov-2014 - Just in time for the holidays, GSK can ‘give thanks’ to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which has approved the $7bn acquisition of Novartis’ vaccine business.
24-Nov-2014 - The acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA could provide some opportunities for Johnson Matthey, the fine chemical company says as it reports a flat first half 2014/15.
24-Nov-2014 - BASF says the supply of API to GSK and other pharma customers will not be affected by the divestment of an omega-3 production plant in Norway.
17-Nov-2014 - After fending off hostile takeover bids from Valeant for nearly seven months, Allergan is finally agreeing to a takeover, but with Ireland-based Actavis.
23-Oct-2014 - Almost 100 jobs at a commercial packaging facility in New York are set to go as part of Actavis’s continued integration of Forest Laboratories.
01-Oct-2014 - The acquisition of Shasun Pharmaceuticals will add API production and contracting services to Strides Arcolab, and according to Shasun’s CEO no jobs will be lost.
25-Sep-2014 - Acorda has gained a pulmonary delivery technology and a GMP manufacturing site in Massachusetts along with a Parkinson’s disease candidate in its $525m (€410m) acquisition of Civitas.
22-Sep-2014 - The $17bn (€13.2bn) acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich is “not just a milestone but a quantum leap” for Merck KGaA, the firm says.
09-Sep-2014 - Hyperion says it is “shocked and disheartened” after discovering Phase III trial data for a type 1 diabetes candidate was manipulated by employees of recently acquired Andromeda Biotech.
28-Aug-2014 - Pfizer is rumoured to be eyeing up Actavis three months after failing to woo AstraZeneca in a $120bn megamerger, but what would such a deal bring to the Pharma Giant?...
25-Aug-2014 - Roche has bought InterMune for $8.3bn (€6.3bn) and says it will continue contracts with Catalent and two API suppliers for the manufacture of its lead product Esbriet (pirfenidone).
06-Aug-2014 - Actavis says it is excited to partner with AstraZeneca over its long-acting muscarinic antagonist/beta-agonist (LAMA/LABA) fixed dose combination respiratory drug following the latter’s acquisition of Almirall.
04-Aug-2014 - AstraZeneca has bolstered its respiratory portfolio and added new bronchodilator technologies through the $875m (€650m) acquisition of Almirall.
29-Jul-2014 - Reckitt Benckiser’ opioid addiction drug Suboxone delivered by sublingual film has shown a 'surprising' level of resilience against generic competition, the firm says as it plans to spin-out its pharmaceutical business....
28-Jul-2014 - Hikma has bought defunct manufacturer Ben Venue and says it could reactivate the site in the long-term, despite the transfer of equipment across its sterile injectables network.
22-Jul-2014 - Drugmakers are bringing sterile injectables capacity back in-house according to a Frost & Sullivan analyst, who says industry risk aversion is the key driver.
22-Jul-2014 - Botox maker Allergan announced sales and earnings per share growth above the high end of its expectations, but it will cut 1,500 jobs, or about 13% of its workforce as...
10-Jul-2014 - Actavis says it is closing facilities in St. Louis, Missouri affecting 190 jobs a week after completing the $28bn (€21bn) acquisition of Forest Laboratories.
08-Jul-2014 - M+W says a lack of synergies with its engineering and construction business drove the decision to sell its automation divison to ATS for €255m ($348m).
12-Jun-2014 - Teva could halve its manufacturing network as part of its $2bn-a-year efficiency programme says CFO Eyal Desheh, with most cuts hitting its core generics business.
10-Jun-2014 - Merck & Co. says the $3.85bn (€2.8bn) acquisition of Idenix will springboard its oral hepatitis C programme but according to an analyst is unlikely to threaten Gilead’s $1,000 pill Sovaldi.
27-May-2014 - Pfizer has confirmed it has dropped a £69bn ($118bn) bid to buy fellow pharma giant AstraZeneca following yesterday’s acquisition deadline.