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AstraZeneca enters agreement with Pfizer over antibiotics portfolio

August 27, 2016

AstraZeneca announced it will sell the full commercialization and development rights of its late-stage small molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer, while AstraZeneca focuses on developing therapies for other main areas, according to a press release.

Pfizer will have commercialization rights to the following EMA- and/or FDA-approved antibiotics: Merrem (meropenem), Zinforo (ceftaroline fosamil) and Zavicefta (ceftazidime-avibactam), as well as developmental rights to ATM-AVI and CXL, which are currently in the pipeline. Pfizer will be able to sell to most markets globally outside the United States.

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