Agreement Contingent on FTC Consent Decree and Closing of Pending Bristol-Myers Squibb-Celgene Merger
Pending Bristol-Myers Squibb-Celgene Merger Expected to Close by End of 2019
NEW YORK (STL.News) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) announced today that Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG), in connection with its merger agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb, has entered into an agreement with Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) under which Amgen would acquire the global rights to OTEZLA® (apremilast) for $13.4 billion in cash. Bristol-Myers Squibb previously announced the decision to divest OTEZLA in connection with the ongoing regulatory approval process for the Company’s pending merger with Celgene. The closing of the acquisition covered by the agreement with Amgen is contingent on Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene entering into a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with their pending merger, the closing of the pending merger, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
“This agreement represents an important step toward completing our pending merger with Celgene. It also demonstrates the tremendous achievement of the Celgene team in establishing OTEZLA as an important medicine for patients with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and Behçet’s Disease,” said Giovanni Caforio, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Together with the OTEZLA team, Amgen has the capabilities and infrastructure to continue to support this important medicine and ensure a seamless transition for patients and healthcare providers.”
Bristol-Myers Squibb now expects the pending merger with Celgene to close by the end of 2019.
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