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Pharmaceuticals

Pfizer Will Acquire Biotech Encysive

February 25, 2008 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 86, ISSUE 8

Pfizer has agreed to acquire Encysive Pharmaceuticals, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company whose product for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) was approved in Europe but has failed to clear U.S. regulators. Pfizer will pay about $195 million for the Houston-based company. Upon completion of the deal, it plans to conduct a Phase III clinical trial to support approval in the U.S. Pfizer already markets Revatio, a PAH treatment discovered in its own labs.

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