Novartis takes on Sanofi, Amgen with $9.7-bn takeover of heart drug maker

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Swiss drugmaker Novartis is betting on heart drug prospect inclisiran in a $9.7 billion takeover of The Medicines Co as it challenges cardiovascular medicines from Amgen Inc, Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Novartis is paying $85 per share in cash, a 24% premium over The Medicines Co's closing price of $68.

55 on Friday, to acquire the U.S. biotechnology company's lone drug, the cholesterol-lowering injection inclisiran. The deal shows Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan is ready to spend billions on not just rare disease treatments,.....

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