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7 Nov 2015

AstraZeneca agrees to acquire US biotech firm ZS Pharma for $2.7bn

AstraZeneca has agreed to buy ZS Pharma of the US for $2.7bn in a move to strengthen its product portfolio.

ZS Pharma is developing a treatment for a condition called hyperkalemia, which involves high potassium levels and can lead to kidney disease and heart failure. The medicine, called ZS-9, has been filed with the US Food and Drug Administration for approval, with a decision expected next May.

AstraZeneca will loss of US market exclusivity next year on its best-selling Crestor cholesterol statin. After patent expiration Crestor sales may hit by 1/10th.This will be for entry of generics into the market. This follows another big US patent expiry this year on its Nexium heartburn drug.

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