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.
18-May-2016 - Pfizer and Anacor Pharmaceuticals have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Anacor for approximately $5.2bn.
12-May-2016 - Endo International says it intends to expedite a cost-saving plan by closing a manufacturing site in North Carolina and reducing headcount at another in Alabama.
11-May-2016 - Grupo Ferrer Internacional will acquire Alexza Pharmaceuticals for around $2m, adding the Staccato aerosol system to its drug delivery offerings.
05-May-2016 - AMRI has acquired the Italy-based chemical company, Euticals, in a move that expands its API development and manufacturing business.
04-May-2016 - The new entity will focus on a haemophilia pipeline utilising the XTEN half-life extension technology, bispecific antibodies and gene therapies.
04-May-2016 - Pfizer has attributed Hospira’s sterile injectables and biosimilar assets to its return to growth, offsetting 17 quarters of declining sales.
14-Apr-2016 - Lonza acquiring Catalent would make “strategic sense,” according to an analyst as rumours circulate about a CMO megamerger.
30-Mar-2016 - Rumours Capsugel owner KKR is mulling a sale or an IPO fit with the typical private equity investment cycles says expert.
29-Mar-2016 - Puracap has bought Blu Pharmaceuticals and its Puerto Rican manufacturing site and plans to double oral dose production capacity.
18-Feb-2016 - Controlled substances and peptides are on AMRI’s wish list as it profits from a growth strategy which has seen six acquisitions over the past two years.
13-Jan-2016 - The Pfizer-Allergan $160bn merger will create the world’s largest pharma company but potentially not for long, as the two CEOs discuss breaking the entity up in 2018.
15-Dec-2015 - Sun Pharma has announced it will divest a plant in Ohio to further consolidate manufacturing operations following its $4bn acquisition of Ranbaxy.
30-Nov-2015 - Pfizer says it will decide in 2018 whether to split its generics and branded businesses but M&A experts are already predicting how the giant will get rid of its established...
12-Nov-2015 - Pfizer’s manufacturing network would stretch beyond 100 sites if a merger deal with Allergan is reached.
10-Nov-2015 - Unilife CEO Alan Shortall yesterday confirmed the drug delivery company is still “receiving interest from several parties under the strategic review process” and set a deadline of December 31 to...
09-Nov-2015 - AMRI attributed recent M&A activity to passing the $100m (€93m) quarterly sales milestone, reporting high double-digit growth across its API and small-scale manufacturing divisions.
22-Oct-2015 - As pharma sells off manufacturing capacity and outsources to large and specialist CMOs, smart contract houses will have an opportunity to grab market share in a currently fragmented sector, say...
21-Oct-2015 - An advisor to the pharma industry on M&A says the current boom in pharma valuations will not last, and R&D cost pressures will reshape firms of the future....
16-Sep-2015 - Indian generics company Sun Pharma has made a $48m (€42m) offer for US eye drug maker InSite Vision and its delivery platform.
14-Sep-2015 - Mylan’s latest merger offer has been lambasted as “neither compelling, nor accretive” by Perrigo CEO Joseph Papa.
09-Sep-2015 - Horizon Pharma has renewed its efforts to take over pain and neurology firm Depomed for approximately $1.68bn (€1.5bn).
08-Sep-2015 - Cipla and Lannett have expanded their presence in the mid-sized US generics space through acquisitions totalling over $1.5bn.
25-Aug-2015 - Mylan will run Perrigo as a wholly-owned subsidiary if it acquires between 50-80% of shares, the firm has clarified.
24-Aug-2015 - Pfizer has received the final regulatory clearances to acquire Hospira but the US FTC says it must divests four sterile injectable products.
17-Aug-2015 - An SEC filing reveals Merck has cut 29,160 jobs in five years, and over 2,500 more may be on the way.