Novartis Blows Storm Clouds Off Sandoz US In Aurobindo Sale
Novartis's proposed sale of its generic oral solids portfolio – which has been battered by US price erosion – and the Sandoz US dermatology business to Aurobindo Pharma, in a deal potentially worth $1bn, allows the unit to finally concentrate on biosimilars, value-added medicines and complex generics.
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