Mehta Analysis: BMS/Celgene Merger Shows Big Pharma Is Stuck In Wrong Groove
Bristol-Myers Squibb executives are justifying the acquisition of Celgene in terms that have been well-rehearsed through the history of big pharma mergers. But they are failing to consider radical changes to the environment in which pharma operates, argues Viren Mehta of Mehta Partners LLC.
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