FTC’s Take On Two Pharma Mergers Shows Deals Can Clear Higher Hurdle
Pfizer’s acquisition of Arena without FTC intervention and Hikma’s acquisition of Custopharm with one product divestiture shows the commission is bound by anticompetitive facts of a deal. A more controversial merger may not get through, former FTC attorney says.
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