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United States : AstraZeneca to acquire rights to Actavis branded respiratory portfolio in the US and Canada.

AstraZeneca and Actavis Plc today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AstraZeneca will acquire the rights to Actavis branded respiratory business in the US and Canada for an initial consideration of $600 million on completion and low single-digit royalties above a certain revenue threshold.

Upon completion of the transaction, AstraZeneca will own the development and commercial rights in the US and Canada to TudorzaTM PressairTM (aclidinium bromide inhalation powder), a twice-daily long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and DalirespA (roflumilast), the only once-daily oral PDE4 inhibitor currently on the market for COPD. AstraZeneca will also own development rights in the US and Canada for LAS40464, the combination of a fixed dose of aclidinium with formoterol long acting beta agonist (LAMA/LABA) in a dry powder inhaler, which is approved in the EU under the brand name DuaklirA Genuair.

The strategic transaction strengthens AstraZeneca s respiratory franchise globally and builds on the acquisition of Almirall s respiratory portfolio in 2014 by extending the company s development and commercialisation rights into the US for both Tudorza Pressair and Duaklir Genuair. The acquisition of Tudorza Pressair and Daliresp will immediately add on-market revenues and complements AstraZeneca s respiratory portfolio by broadening the choice of treatments and formulations offered to patients and physicians. The two products had combined annual sales in the US of approximately $230 million in 2014.

AstraZeneca will also pay Actavis an additional $100 million and Actavis has agreed to a number of contractual consents and approvals, including certain amendments to the ongoing collaboration agreements between AstraZeneca and Actavis.

Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America, AstraZeneca, said: Our agreement with Actavis builds on our acquisition of Almirall s respiratory portfolio and brings long-term value to one of our key growth platforms. With the addition of Tudorza and Daliresp, we will benefit from an immediate boost to revenue in our biggest market, further strengthening our growing respiratory franchise. This combined portfolio helps us to offer an even broader range of innovative treatments and formulations to physicians and pulmonary specialists for patients suffering with COPD.

Brent Saunders, CEO and President of Actavis, said: This divestiture will permit Actavis to sharpen our strategic focus and sales and marketing activities on our larger, core therapeutic categories in CNS, Women s Health, Urology, GI, Anti-infectives and Cardiovascular, as well as in Dermatology/Aesthetics and Ophthalmology, which will be added to our global brand portfolio following the completion of the Allergan acquisition later this year.

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