Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has agreed to sell assets and operations of Actavis Generics in the UK and Ireland to Accord Healthcare Limited (a subsidiary of Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd) for about $764 million, subject to final approval from the European Commission. The transaction is expected to close in the next three months.
The divestment of specified Actavis Generics assets and operations in the UK and Ireland was part of an undertaking that Teva made to the European Commission in the context of the review of the acquisition of Actavis Generics by Teva earlier this year. The sale will include a portfolio of generic medicines plus a manufacturing plant in Barnstaple, England. Teva retains a number of Actavis non-overlapping generic products plus certain specialty medicines and OTC (over-the-counter) products, which have been added to Teva’s existing operations.
“The sale has been a success for Teva in that we have satisfied the EU Commission’s sale requirements for these businesses, subject to their final approval, and agreed on a good price for the assets. With the assets that it will retain, Teva will create an even stronger operation in the UK and Ireland,” commented Siggi Olafsson, President & CEO Global Generic Medicines Teva. “Teva is the leading provider of medicines to the UK National Health Service, and the addition of the retained Actavis assets strengthens our ability to be the partner of choice in these countries while preserving strong and healthy competition in a competitive marketplace.”
In other company news, Teva, Celltrion Inc. and Celltrion Healthcare have entered into an exclusive partnership to commercialize two of Celltrion’s mAb biosimilar candidates in the U.S. and Canada. CT-P10 is a proposed mAb biosimilar to Rituxan (rituximab), which is used to treat patients with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Wegener’s Granulomatosis and Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA). CT-P6 is a proposed mAb biosimilar to Herceptin® (trastuzumab), which is used for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer and for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Combined annual net sales for Rituxan and Herceptin are approximately $6.5 billion in the U.S. and Canada.