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Sale Of Australia's HeartWare To Thoratec Of U.S. Canceled

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Australia's HeartWare International, maker of medical devices, may not be sold soon after all. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission indicated it would challenge the purchase, leading Thoratec to cancel the deal. The firm's CEO said the board decided not to pursue a deal it figured would be protracted, costly and unpredictable. The FTC was concerned the merger of the two companies would lead to a monopoly of the market for left ventricular assist devices, which are used in patients with advanced heart failure. (Click here for more
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