AstraZeneca: Aspen Buys Remaining Rights to Anesthetic Portfolio

Date : 09/14/2017 @ 2:56AM
Source : Dow Jones News
Stock : Astrazeneca (AZN)
Quote : 37.1753  0.1453 (0.39%) @ 10:01AM

AstraZeneca: Aspen Buys Remaining Rights to Anesthetic Portfolio

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By Ian Walker


Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC (AZN.LN) said Thursday that Aspen Group's (APZ.AU) unit will buy the remaining rights to its anesthetic medicines for up to $766 million.

Following the initial deal entered into in June 2016--which saw Aspen Global Incorporated gain exclusive commercialization rights to the medicines in markets outside the U.S.--Aspen Global will now buy the remaining rights to Diprivan, EMLA, Xylocaine/Xylocard/Xyloproct, Marcaine, Naropin, Carbocaine and Citanest.

It is paying an initial $555 million for the remaining rights to the intellectual property and manufacturing knowledge related to the anesthetic medicines, plus a further $211 million based on performance.

AstraZeneca said it will continue to manufacture and supply the medicines to Aspen Global during a transition period of up to five years.


Write to Ian Walker at; @IanWalk40289749


(END) Dow Jones Newswires

September 14, 2017 02:41 ET (06:41 GMT)

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