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Medtronic gets US OK for Covidien
27 Nov 2014 08:08
US competition authorities have approved a pair of major deals in the medical field, including Medtronic's purchase of Covidien.
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The Federal Trade Commission said it would allow medical technology company Medtronic's $42.9 billion deal to buy Dublin-based Covidien on condition that it sell its drug-coated balloon catheter business.
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The commission also approved two parts of a three-way deal between GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, which reflects an industry trend in which companies focus on their strongest businesses.
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The deal, announced in April, calls for Britain's GSK to buy most of the vaccines business of Novartis, the Swiss company to purchase GSK's cancer drugs, and the two groups to team up in consumer healthcare.
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The FTC approved the vaccines portion of the deal and the consumer healthcare part on the condition that Novartis sell its Habitrol nicotine patch, the companies said yesterday.
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Novartis and GSK, which has Nicoderm CQ, are two of only three companies that sell nicotine patches to US retailers, the FTC said.
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