Spotlight On... Shire, Baxalta in late-stage talks on $32B tie-up: Bloomberg; Hikma wins FDA approval for surgery recovery drug; NICE does about-face on Merck's Ezetrol; and more...

Shire ($SHPG) is finally nearing the Baxalta ($BXLT) buyout it's long coveted, according to Bloomberg's sources. The two drugmakers are discussing a price between $46.50 and $48 per share, the news service reports, which would value the Illinois pharma at about $32 billion. A tie-up, Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov has said, would create a global rare-disease leader that can bring in $20 billion in sales by 2020. More from FiercePharma

> Hikma Pharmaceuticals has won FDA approval to market a drug used to enable patients to recover from surgery. Release

> U.K. cost-effectiveness gatekeepers have changed their tune when it comes to using Merck's ($MRK) hypercholesterolemia med Ezetrol on the National Health Service, reverting back to original guidelines published in 2007. More

And Finally... Some say the three-year cancer battle of Mary Pazdur, wife of FDA oncology chief Richard Pazdur, increased his willingness to quickly approve risky new therapies. More (sub. req.)

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