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Shire acquires Meritage Pharma for $70 million

Posted on 26 February 2015

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Shire has acquired Meritage for an upfront fee of $70 million and additional contingent payments based on the achievement of development and regulatory milestones.

With the acquisition, Shire has acquired the global rights to-and undertaken the further development of-Meritage's Phase 3-ready compound, Oral Budesonide Suspension (OBS), for the treatment of adolescents and adults with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a rare, chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal (GI) disease.

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This acquisition further enhances Shire's late-stage pipeline and builds upon the Company's rare disease and GI commercial infrastructure and expertise.

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