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Sanofi (SNY) agreed to pay $4.8 billion to buy Ablynx (ABLYF), outbidding Novo Nordisk (NVO) for a drug to treat a rare blood clotting disorder, The Wall Street Journal notes. This is the second deal this month for Sanofi, which is paying $11.6 billion for Bioverativ (BIVV) and its hemophilia treatments. Sanofi has been under pressure from investors after losing out on two attempted takeovers — Medivation and Actelion Pharmaceuticals — in 2016.

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