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Akorn Enterprises, Inc. and Hi-Tech Pharmacal, Inc. will sell the rights and assets to three generic prescription eye medications and two generic topical anesthetics to Watson Laboratories, Inc., to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Akorn’s proposed $640 million acquisition of Hi-Tech...
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (Thermo Fisher), a leading manufacturer of products used in scientific research, has agreed to sell assets to GE Healthcare to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation (Life) would likely...
Pharmaceutical companies Endo Health Solutions Inc. (Endo) and Boca Life Science Holdings, LLC and Boca Pharmacal, LLC (Boca) have agreed to a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission charges that Endo’s acquisition of Boca would be anticompetitive. Under the settlement, the companies will...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Mylan, Inc.’s acquisition of Agila Specialties Global Pte. Ltd and Agila Specialties Pvt. Ltd. (collectively, Agila) from Strides Arcolab Ltd.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Actavis, Inc’s proposed acquisition of Warner Chilcott plc would reduce competition in the U.S. markets for four current and future pharmaceuticals. They are:
The Federal Trade Commission issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that require companies in the pharmaceutical industry to report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC and the Department of Justice for antitrust review.
In light of the recent, temporary government shutdown, the Federal Trade Commission is extending the public comment periods for 13 matters that currently are pending before the agency in order to ensure that interested parties have a full opportunity to file comments.  The Commission also...
International drug manufacturer Actavis, Inc. has agreed to sell all rights and assets to four generic pharmaceuticals – three oral contraceptives and an osteoporosis treatment – to settle FTC charges that its proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of drug-maker Warner Chilcott plc would be...
The Federal Trade Commission will require Mylan, Inc., and Agila Specialties Global Pte. Ltd and Agila Specialties Pvt. Ltd. (collectively, Agila) to divest 11 generic injectable drugs as a condition of allowing Mylan’s proposed acquisition of Agila from Strides Arcolab Ltd. (Strides).
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the number of potentially anticompetitive patent dispute settlements between branded and generic drug companies increased significantly compared with FY 2011, jumping from 28 to 40, according to a new Federal Trade Commission staff report.  The study also found that in...
FTC Files Amicus Brief in Support of Rehearing of Ciprofloxacin "Pay-for-Delay" Case The Federal Trade Commission has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, recommending that it hold a rehearing before all the judges ("en banc") of the Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) "pay...
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which invited the plaintiffs in the Ciprofloxacin drug patent settlement case to seek further review by the full court of appeals because...
Today’s decision seems to reflect a growing understanding—first in Congress now in the courts—that brand name drug companies must not be allowed to make pay-offs to their generic competitors to keep low-cost generic drugs off the market. These deals are costing American consumers $3.5 billion a...
The Federal Trade Commission will continue working on behalf of Americans who are struggling to pay for their health care. According to our economic estimates, consumers would pocket about $3.5 billion a year if these unconscionable deals were stopped and they had earlier access to generic drugs....
“When drug companies agree not to compete, consumers lose,” said Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “Ending pay-for-delay settlements will help control drug costs. We’re delighted about the President’s resolute support for this bipartisan initiative.” (JDL stmt)
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order regarding Pfizer Inc.’s recent acquisition of Wyeth, and responses to members of the public who provided comments. The final order settles charges that the transaction as proposed would have been...
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and key members of Congress, including Representative Chris Van Hollen, Chairman Bobby Rush, and Representative Mary Jo Kilroy, today renewed their call for legislation that would put an end to anticompetitive patent settlements, which drug...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced a proposed consent order settling charges that Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s acquisition of Robin Hood Holdings Limited, owner of Arrow Pharmaceuticals, would have harmed consumers by eliminating future competition for important generic drugs used to...
Merck & Co., Inc. must sell its interest in Merial Limited, an animal health joint venture with Sanofi-Aventis S.A., and Schering-Plough must sell its assets related to significant drugs for nausea and vomiting in humans, in order for Schering-Plough to complete its proposed $41.1 billion...
By taking this action, the Committee clearly recognizes the very real danger that these sweetheart deals pose to Americans struggling to pay their medical bills. Consumers must wait – sometimes years – for far less expensive generic drugs when branded pharmaceutical companies pay off their generic...

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