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AstraZeneca sells drug for $70 million as divestment drive continues

Written by: | | Dated: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016


The British-based drugmaker has been divesting peripheral products to help pay the bills as it invests in new medicines, while taking a profit hit from the loss of patent protection on a raft of former blockbusters.

Such divestments, or “externalization” deals, contributed $1.1 billion to revenue last year and the company has said the figure is likely to be higher in 2016.

Under the latest deal, Kyowa’s subsidiary ProStrakan is acquiring European rights to Moventig, which is used to treat opioid-induced constipation, AstraZeneca said on Tuesday.

In addition to the initial payment, ProStrakan will also pay AstraZeneca tiered double-digit royalties and milestones related to sales and the roll-out of Moventig in certain markets.


(Reporting by Ben Hirschler; Editing by Mark Potter)

Source: Reuters Health


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