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Reports: GSK among companies looking to acquire Brazil's fourth-largest drug firm

Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos could fetch up to $4 billion

NEW YORK — GlaxoSmithKline may be looking to buy a Brazilian drug maker for up to $4 billion, according to published reports.

Reuters, citing unnamed sources, said GSK was one of several drug companies looking to buy Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos for $3 billion to $4 billion. Other companies looking to buy the drug maker included Novartis, Pfizer and Abbott Labs.

Reuters noted that the company was attractive to drug makers looking to expand their footprints in Latin America and that it was a major producer of prescription and OTC medications.


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