FTC Vote On BMS-Celgene Acquisition Splits Over Drug Pricing
Divesting Celgene's psoriasis drug Otezla will remedy anticompetitive harm from acquisition, US Federal Trade Commission votes 3-2. Dissenting Democrat commissioners want broader review of pharma mergers.
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