Mega-Merger Pfizer and Allergan will Create the World´s Largest Drugmaker

Author: Anke Geipel-Kern

Pfizer and Allergan will join in a $160 billion US deal to create the world's largest drugmaker.

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Pfizer-CEO Ian Read has made it.
Pfizer-CEO Ian Read has made it.
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New York, Dublin—Pfizer and Allergan today announced that their boards of directors have approved, and the companies have entered into, a definitive merger agreement for a total enterprise value of approximately $160 billion.

This is the biggest takeover ever in the pharmaceutical industry. “The proposed combination of Pfizer and Allergan will create a leading global pharmaceutical company with the strength to research, discover and deliver more medicines and therapies to more people around the world,” stated Ian Read, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer. “Allergan’s businesses align with and enhance Pfizer’s businesses, creating best-in-class, sustainable, innovative and established businesses that are poised for growth. Through this combination, Pfizer will have greater financial flexibility that will facilitate our continued discovery and development of new innovative medicines for patients, direct return of capital to shareholders, and continued investment in the United States, while also enabling our pursuit of business development opportunities on a more competitive footing within our industry.”

“The combination of Allergan and Pfizer is a highly strategic, value-enhancing transaction that brings together two biopharma powerhouses to change lives for the better,” said Brent Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, Allergan. “This bold action is the next chapter in the successful transformation of Allergan allowing us to operate with greater resources at a much bigger scale. Joining forces with Pfizer matches our leading products in seven high growth therapeutic areas and our robust R&D pipeline with Pfizer’s leading innovative and established businesses, vast global footprint and strength in discovery and development research to create a new biopharma leader.”

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 Anke Geipel-Kern

Anke Geipel-Kern

Leitende Redakteurin PROCESS/Stellvertretende Chefredakteurin PharmaTEC, PROCESS - Chemie | Pharma | Verfahrenstechnik