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Pfizer has agreed to buy U.S. biotech company Biohaven Pharmaceuticals for $11.6 billion in cash, its biggest deal in more than five years, The Financial Times writes. With record revenues linked to the success of its Covid-19 vaccine and antiviral pill forecast to fade, Pfizer has been hunting for acquisitions to sustain its growth. Biohaven specializes in drugs that target neurological diseases and rare disorders. Its best-known drug is Nurtec ODT, which has been approved for both acute treatment and prevention of migraine in adults. Pfizer invested $350 million in the company in November, acquiring 2.6% of its shares. More from STAT.


Emergent BioSolutions, a longtime government contractor hired to produce hundreds of millions of coronavirus vaccine doses, hid evidence of quality-control problems from U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors in February 2021 — six weeks before it alerted federal officials that 15 million doses had been contaminated, The New York Times writes. The disclosure came in a new report by the Democratic-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The report, based on internal company emails, documents, and interviews, sheds new light on Emergent executives’ own worries about deficiencies in the company’s quality-control systems at its troubled Bayview plant in Baltimore.

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