Perrigo To Acquire Select OTC Brands from Novartis, GSK

Perrigo Company has agreed to acquire a portfolio of over-the-counter (OTC) brands from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare in connection with GSK’s commitments to the European Commission and other regulators to divest these businesses in the context of the formation of a consumer health joint venture between GSK and Novartis International AG.

Perrigo will acquire the following assets in an all-cash transaction in which the purchase price was not disclosed: (1) GSK’s NiQuitin nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) business, primarily in the European Economic Area(EEA) and Brazil, and Novartis’s legacy Australian NRT business, including the Nicotinell brand; (2) several assorted OTC brands, including Coldrex (cold and flu treatment) across the EEA, and Panodil (pain relief), Nezeril (nasal decongestant), and Nasin (nasal decongestant) in Sweden; and Novartis’s legacy cold-sore management products, primarily in the EEA, marketed under the brand names Vectavir, Pencivir, Fenivir, Fenlips and Vectatone.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Perrigo and GSK, and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, pending approval by the European Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and Brazil’s Council for Economic Defense, as well as the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Source: Perrigo

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