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Gedeon Richter raises stake in GZF Polfa

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Following its strategy to maintain Poland as its key foreign market and its recent withdrawal from the merger with Polpharma, Gedeon Richter has acquired a further 29.6% state stake in Grodziskie Zaklady Farmaceutyczne Polfa (GZF Polfa) for PLN87.3 million ($43 million), bringing its total holding in the company to 99.8%. Hungary's largest pharmaceutical manufacturer won the Polish Ministry of the Treasury's tender and acquired a 51% ownership in GZF Polfa for $53 million in 2002, with an option for the remainder of the state's shares.

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