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The potential for Pfizer to take over AstraZeneca has sent its prey’s share price soaring and caused political ructions on both sides of the Atlantic.
CNBC's Catherine Boyle reports on whether Pfizer might make another bid for Astrazeneca three months after the collapse of its £69.4 billion ($115.14 billion) approach.
Bankers and lawyers providing takeover advice said on Monday that Burger King Worldwide Inc's intention to move its tax domicile overseas through a so-called inversion deal- in this case the purchase of Canada's Tim Hortons- shouldn't be seen as a sign of a lot more deals to come.
Roche's deal for InterMune is one of the few this year that returns to the traditional model of big pharma buying smaller biotech.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 25- U.S. regulators are likely to approve Merck& Co's highly anticipated immuno-oncology drug, pembrolizumab, as a treatment for melanoma well ahead of a late October deadline, according to three sources familiar with the situation.
*Deal boosts Roche presence in respiratory medicine. LONDON/ ZURICH, Aug 24- Roche Holding AG has agreed to buy U.S. biotech company InterMune Inc for $8.3 billion in cash, marking the latest multibillion-dollar deal in a consolidating pharmaceutical sector.
Biotech firm Roche announced plans Sunday to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion on a fully diluted basis in an all-cash transaction.
Aug 21- An experimental new psoriasis treatment from Eli Lilly and Co proved superior to Amgen Inc's blockbuster Enbrel, drawing it closer to a potential marketing battle with new products being developed by Amgen and Novartis AG.
LONDON/ MELBOURNE- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announces plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in a 2001 merger, to focus on its most profitable activities.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
LONDON, Aug 19- The U.S. government has cleared AstraZeneca Plc over a major clinical trial used to win marketing approval for its important new heart drug Brilinta, following an investigation which had cast a shadow over its prospects.
LONDON, Aug 19- AstraZeneca said on Tuesday the U.S. government was closing a probe into a major clinical trial used to win marketing approval for its new heart drug Brilinta and no further action was planned.
LONDON, Aug 15- U.S. investors are withdrawing billions of dollars from European stocks as signs of a stalled economic recovery, compounded by the Ukraine crisis, halt the past year's scramble to buy back into the region.
NEW YORK, Aug 13- Biotechnology company InterMune Inc is working with financial advisers to evaluate strategic options as it braces for potential takeover interest from larger drugmakers, people familiar with the matter said.
Aug 13- Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would stop testing its drug for some patients with dry eye disease after the treatment failed a mid-stage study. British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc scrapped its licensing deal for Rigel's rheumatoid arthritis treatment in June 2013.
Aug 13- Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug failed to meet the main goal in a mid-stage study in patients with dry eye disease, sending its shares down 10.7 percent in premarket trading. British drugmaker AstraZeneca stopped developing Rigel's rheumatoid arthritis treatment in June 2013.
Aug 8- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is facing a mounting wave of lawsuits by women who allege that the company knew about possible serious side effects of its blockbuster anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor but never properly warned the public.
*Advair restored to Express Scripts 2015 formulary list. LONDON, Aug 4- GlaxoSmithKline received a boost on Monday from a decision by Express Scripts, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, to reinstate its top-selling lung drug Advair as an approved drug in 2015..
European shares closed lower on Thursday with investors reacting to quarterly earnings and some disappointing data from the euro zone.
LONDON, July 31- AstraZeneca is accelerating its push into cancer immunotherapy, with plans to test a key experimental drug in new tumor types. AstraZeneca said it would present further data looking at MEDI4736 in lung cancer, as well as early results for head and neck cancer, in September at the annual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology.