EU Probing J&J's $400M Deal For Takeda's Surgical Patch

Law360 (March 25, 2020, 4:54 PM EDT) -- Europe’s competition enforcer opened an in-depth investigation on Wednesday into Johnson & Johnson’s planned $400 million purchase of a surgical patch from Takeda Pharmaceuticals to examine concerns about the potential impact on products sold to manage bleeding.

The European Commission said in a statement that its preliminary review of the deal found that Johnson & Johnson is a leading global supplier of so-called haemostats, which are used to manage bleeding during surgeries. The review also found that Takeda’s Tachosil patch is the leading product in Europe for the most problematic bleeding situations.

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