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Merck KGaA to buy Sigma–Aldrich

26 September 2014  Business

$17bn acquisition expands Merck’s life science business and US presence, but it isn’t stepping back from drug development


J&J to buy antiviral specialist Alios

1 October 2014 Business

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$1.75 billion deal brings Phase II compounds for hepatitis C and respiratory syncytial virus

Dow’s $1bn price-fixing fine upheld

1 October 2014 Business

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Firm loses its appeal against damages for fixing polyurethane prices

Lumara splits and sells to AMAG and Perrigo

30 September 2014 Business

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Lumara has just emerged from bankruptcy and brings a drug for suppressing pre-term birth, plus other women’s health product...

Mitsubishi to buy Japanese gases specialist  

Taiyo Nippon Sanso acquisition continues consolidation in Japan’s chemical industry

India backs off drug pricing controls  

Current price caps will stand, but rules on how new caps can be imposed are being tightene...

GSK fined £300 million for China corruption  

Several top executives jailed or deported

Review says cheaper drug is safe for eye disease  

Cochrane collaboration says side effects of expensive Lucentis and off-label Avastin are s...

Gilead licenses generic hepatitis C drug in India  

Company aims to head off competition and grab a slice of royalties


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