Last week, a New York judge called a halt on Actavis' plan to pull Namenda off the market, throwing off its strategy for switching patients to a newer extended-release version.
Combining Actavis and Allergan will be no easy task, but the companies think their new leadership team can get the job done. Tuesday, they announced a supporting cast for CEO Brent Saunders, who will play the lead role in his biggest challenge yet.
A federal judge in New York has decided Actavis CEO Brent Saunders' plan to move patients to a new version of its Alzheimer's treatment Namenda IR by stopping production on the older, patent-threatened version is not so clever. The court will order the drugmaker to keep making it for now.
With a months-long hostile pursuit from Valeant and failed talks to buy North Carolina's Salix, Allergan had already been on an M&A roller coaster this year before finally agreeing to sell itself to Actavis last month. And options traders, for one, are afraid the ride's not over yet.
California's Allergan desperately wanted to avoid a hostile takeover by Valeant, fearful it would ravage its R&D operations in favor of its marketing oriented approach to the business. So it turned to Actavis as a white knight. But Actavis is also known to cut jobs with impunity to make deals pay and Allergan need look only a few miles down the road for proof of that as Actavis prepares to lay off 200 at it operations in Corona, CA.
Actavis has a lot to do as it works to bring new acquisition Allergan into the fold. And finding ways to grow the California company's products in China is high on the list.
With the excitement over Actavis' white-knight swoop-in for Allergan out of the way, it's time to take a closer look at the transaction--and how it compares with Valeant's proposed Allergan tie-up.
With Actavis and Allergan's deal agreement, the Botox maker is getting what it's wanted for months--a way to thwart hostile bidder Valeant. And Actavis? It's getting a glimpse of a future that holds $23 billion in annual revenue, and that would officially punch its ticket into Big Pharma.
A months-long pursuit of Allergan may be about to come to a close for Valeant and activist investor Bill Ackman--but not with the results they were hoping for.
While the industry is fixated on whether Actavis will save Allergan from a hostile takeover by Valeant or whether Pfizer might be sizing up a run at Actavis, there was a development Thursday that holds huge upside potential for Actavis. That was the FDA's decision to reclassify Mallinckrodt's Concerta generic as not making the grade in equivalence.