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Merck sells OTC operations to Bayer for $14.2bn

Executive Summary

Edging out other rumored bidders including Reckitt Benckiser and Procter & Gamble, Bayer AG acquired Merck & Co. Inc.’s consumer business for $14.2bn. A portion of that payment is related to sales of Merck’s allergy product Claritin and Afrin nasal decongestant spray in certain countries where they are still only available via prescriptions.
Deal Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals
    • OTC, Consumer
Deal Status
  • Final
Deal Type
  • Acquisition
    • Full Acquisition
    • Payment Includes Cash

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