Strides Arcolab has announced that Onco Therapies Ltd has got European Union approval for the marketing of carboplatin. This product is the first of the 37 products to be marketed by Pfizer Inc, as part of a strategic tie-up with Strides. Under this tie-up, Strides is to license and supply off-patent cancer drugs to Pfizer, for marketing in developed markets.
Pfizer Investment Netherlands BV, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc, will pay Rs 675 a share to acquire a 33.77% stake in Pfizer India. At this price, the total consideration is Rs 680 crore and Pfizer’s stake will go up to 75%. It will take regulatory approvals for the open offer. Pfizer will have to revise its offer price for the open offer to succeed, as the current market price is already Rs 685. It would have known it may not get many buyers at this price. But it expects the offer to open only in June 2009, so it has used the prevailing price to arrive at a floor. Continue Reading →