Pfizer wins unconditional EU antitrust okay for $43 billion Seagen buy

By Foo Yun Chee

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer gained unconditional EU antitrust approval on Thursday for its proposed $43 billion acquisition of cancer drug maker Seagen.

Pfizer announced the deal in March, its largest purchase in a string of recent acquisitions thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime cash windfall from its COVID-19 vaccine and treatment.

The European Commission said the deal would not significantly reduce competition in the 27-country European Union nor would it have a negative impact on prices.

“The proposed merger would not raise competition concerns,” the EU antitrust watchdog said in a statement.

Washington-based Seagen is a pioneer of antibody-drug conjugates, which work like “guided missiles” designed to destroy cancer while sparing healthy cells.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee)