Deals Rumor Mill: Merck, BlackBerry, Jun He

Law360, New York (March 25, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT) -- Health care firm Sanofi SA is in the running for Merck & Co.'s sought-after over-the-counter business, which could fetch up to $12 billion in a sale, sources told Bloomberg on Tuesday. Final bids for the unit are expected next week, with Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC the likely front-runner. The Merck unit manufactures Coppertone sunscreen and Claritin allergy medication — a key revenue driver — among countless other recognizable products. New Jersey-based Merck had previously explored swapping its over-the-counter operation with the animal health unit of Novartis...
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