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Endo to acquire American Medical Systems

BY Alaric DeArment

CHADDS FORD, Pa. — Endo Pharmaceuticals will buy American Medical Systems for $2.9 billion, the drug maker said Monday.

Endo said it and AMS had reached an agreement whereby Endo would acquire the maker of devices and therapies for pelvic health for $30 per share. AMS’ business focuses on men’s health, women’s health and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

“This acquisition is a great step in achieving Endo’s core strategy,” Endo president and CEO Dave Holveck said. “We are creating a company uniquely positioned to respond to the changing healthcare environment and the competitive, rapidly consolidating industry landscape. Through the acquisition of AMS, we will gain scale in devices and services and will be positioned as a leading provider of healthcare solutions in the field of pelvic health, with a full spectrum of product offerings ranging from pharmaceuticals to medical devices.”

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Invega approved as schizophrenia treatment for adolescents

BY Alaric DeArment

TITUSVILLE, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating schizophrenia in adolescents.

J&J said Monday that the FDA had approved Invega (paliperidone) extended-release tablets for patients ages 12 to 17 years. The drug is marketed by J&J subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The drug originally was approved in 2006 for treating schizophrenia in adults.

“Although rare, schizophrenia in adolescents is a very serious and disabling brain condition that affects every aspect of an adolescent’s life and has significant consequences,” J&J Research & Development global therapeutic head of neuroscience Husseini Manji said. “This new indication for Invega provides an additional option for clinicians who treat adolescents with schizophrenia and further demonstrates our commitment to helping people with diseases of the brain.”

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Sanofi-Aventis closes Genzyme acquisition

BY Allison Cerra

PARIS — Genzyme now officially is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis.

The Paris-based drug maker said that the closing followed the completion of the exchange offer for drug maker Genzyme last week. As its subsidiary, Genzyme will become a new platform in Sanofi’s sustainable growth strategy and expand the company’s presence in biotechnology, Sanofi said. Genzyme will continue to operate out of its Cambridge, Mass., headquarters, and will be led by Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher for several months.

Genzyme rejected several buyout offers from Sanofi last year, which included a deal worth $18.5 billion, or $69 per share. The two finally settled on a price of $74 per share.

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