Sandoz strengthens US portfolio with acquisition of four generic products from Watson/Actavis

Sandoz strengthens US portfolio with acquisition of four generic products from Watson/Actavis

Princeton, New Jersey, October 15, 2012
Sandoz today announced that it will acquire four generic products from Watson/Actavis pursuant to the terms of definitive agreements between the parties, subject to Watson completing its planned acquisition of the Actavis group of companies.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) confirmed today that it had voted unanimously to approve the Actavis acquisition, with closing expected by early November. The FTC vote followed Watson's agreement to a proposed consent order, under the terms of which Watson agreed to divest certain products as a precondition for obtaining FTC approval.

Subject to the consummation of the transaction between Watson and Actavis, Sandoz will acquire the following products:

    Actavis' diltiazem hydrochloride extended release capsules (Tiazac®)
    Actavis' lorazepam tablets (Ativan®)
    Actavis' bupropion hydrochloride extended release tablets (Zyban®)
    Watson's pending application for dextromethorphan hydrobromide /quinidine sulfate tablets (Nuedexta®)

"Sandoz is committed to further expanding its offering of affordable, high-quality medicines to US patients and payors," said Don DeGolyer, President of Sandoz US. "We have a strong internal pipeline, focusing on complex, differentiated medicines, which we complement by appropriate use of external opportunities such as this."

Further details of the acquisition agreement are not being disclosed publicly.


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About Sandoz

Sandoz, a Division of the Novartis group, is the second-largest generic pharmaceuticals company globally, offering a broad range of about 1,000 high-quality, affordable products that are no longer protected by patents. With approximately 25,000 employees in 140 countries, Sandoz holds the #1 position globally in biosimilars as well as generic injectables, ophthalmics, dermatology, and antibiotics. Key product groups include antibiotics, treatments for central nervous system disorders, gastrointestinal medicines, cardiovascular treatments, and hormone therapies. Sandoz develops, produces, and markets these medicines along with pharmaceutical and biotechnological active substances and anti-infectives. In addition to strong organic growth in recent years, Sandoz has made a series of acquisitions including Lek (Slovenia), Sabex (Canada), Hexal (Germany), Eon Labs (US), EBEWE Pharma (Austria), Oriel Therapeutics (US), and Fougera Pharmaceuticals (US). In 2011, Sandoz posted sales of USD 9.5 billion.

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