AstraZeneca is acquiring Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion, with the deal expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.

AstraZeneca entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alexion Pharmaceuticals for a total consideration to Alexion shareholders of $39 billion or $175 per share.

ViiV Healthcare announced that an independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB) recommended the early unblinding of data from the HIV Prevention Trials Network 084 trial of the investigational, long-acting injectable cabotegravir for HIV prevention in women.

Shares of bluebird bio were down in trading after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to review a Biologics License Application for the experimental CAR-T treatment idecabtagene vicleucel for multiple myeloma co-developed with Bristol Myers Squibb.

Foamix Pharmaceuticals is merging with Menlo Therapeutics to become a biopharma company focusing on dermatology.

The new global pharmaceutical company combines Mylan N.V. with Upjohn, Pfizer Inc.’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines business.

Illinois-based AbbVie announced that the company will acquire Ireland-based Allergan for $63 billion in a cash and stock deal.

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s shareholders voted to approve the drugmaker’s $74 billion takeover of Celgene despite a campaign by activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP to scuttle the deal.

Novartis will officially spin its Alcon eye-care business off into a separately traded standalone business unit on April 9, 2019.

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP asked a proxy solicitor to probe the level of support among Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. shareholders for the U.S. drug maker’s $74 billion deal to buy Celgene Corp., people familiar with the matter said.