When it comes to go-aheads in irritable bowel syndrome, the FDA was busy Wednesday, approving the indication for a pair of drugs. And now, it looks as if recent M&A moves to acquire those drugs are about to pay off for Valeant and Actavis.
A little more than a year after Forest Labs bought out Furiex and its experimental irritable bowel syndrome drug eluxadoline in a $1.5 billion deal, Brent Saunders and Forest-buyer Actavis have scored an FDA approval that should surprise no one. And the agency paired the approval with a green light for Valeant's Xifaxan (rifaximin) in IBS, another drug that's been changing hands lately in the frenzy of M&A deals that has been changing the face of the industry.
Valeant CEO J. Michael Pearson is plenty familiar with the pharma M&A space; after all, he's made scores of deals since taking up the post in 2008. And the way he sees it, with pickups happening left and right in the sector, some of pharma's recent acquisitions "are not going to work."
Valeant's next pickup could come from the Middle East, where it's reportedly in deal talks with one of Egypt's largest drugmakers, Amoun.
Valeant's former deal partner Bill Ackman is pretty rosy on his outlook for the company, as he's shown with a large share-grab and comparison to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. But he's not the only one.
Activist investor Bill Ackman thinks an early-stage Berkshire Hathaway is out there--and he thinks it's Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
After departing from Sanofi last year for the CEO's chair at Synta Pharmaceuticals, Anne Whitaker is now moving on to Valeant, where she'll step into the role of EVP and group chairman.
Following the fold-in of its recent $11.1 billion pickup of Salix Pharmaceuticals, on Wednesday, Valeant raised both its profit and revenue forecasts for the year. But things are already looking good for the Canadian drugmaker, which topped analyst estimates in both categories for Q1.
As the M&A wave sweeps over pharma, companies are wheeling and dealing for a number of different reasons. Slim-down strategies, tax break potential, portfolio diversification and other usual suspects have all driven transactions as of late--but the promise of price hikes has, too.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals CEO J. Michael Pearson took down more than $10 million last year, including a whopping $8 million in incentive pay. But the real surprises in the company's 2015 proxy statement are farther down the chart.