Layer 1

Actavis buys Auden Mckenzie for £306m

Actavis says the deal will add 175 branded and generic products to its portfolio

The deal will make Actavis the UK's leading generics supplier, the company says

Actavis has acquired generics manufacturer Auden Mckenzie for £306 million, it announced yesterday (January 26). 

The deal, which it expected to be completed before April, would make the Republic of Ireland-based pharmaceutical company the UK’s "number one" generics supplier by adding 175 generic and branded products and a pipeline of around 40 additional products to its portfolio, it said.

Along with its aquisition of UK manufacturer Allergan, announced last year and due to be completed by July, Actavis predicted it would become the third largest pharmaceutical supplier in the UK.

Actavis had a range of more than 650 generic products currently available in the UK, with an additional 85 registered products under development, it said. These included drugs in a number of specialist areas, such as women’s health, urology, gastroenterology and cardiovascular categories, it added.

Actavis CEO and president Brent Saunders said Auden Mckenzie was a "profitable and growing company" and the deal reflected Actavis's commitment to expanding its global generics business.

Auden Mckenzie managing director Amit Patel said the company saw Actavis as a company with “the same entrepreneurial qualities”. “With its multinational resources and scope, Actavis will be able to achieve further growth based on Auden Mckenzie’s existing products and pipeline of new products,” Mr Patel added.

Actavis, which was bought by US manufacturer Watson Pharmaceuticals in 2012, operates across more than 60 countries, including more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities. 


How do you think the merger will affect you?

We want to hear your views, but please express them in the spirit of a constructive, professional debate. For more information about what this means, please click here to see our community principles and information


Amal England, Public Relations

Maybe the headline should have read ' American pharmaceutical giant, Watson buys Auden McKenzie for $462 million'.

Chris Mckendrick, Community pharmacist

Better stock up on any AudenMac products you use now - bound to go o/s and on to psnc concessionary price list by Feb. Three cheers for Rip off UK PLC! £300 million for buying rivotril tabs et al and turning them into gold. A job well done.

Job of the week

Pharmacist Manager
Midlands, Cheshire & Dorset
Salary dependent upon experience