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AstraZeneca Is Selling Its Antibiotics Business to Pfizer

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldA sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield
AstraZeneca had had high hopes for the MYSTIC immunotherapy trial.Phil Noble/ REUTERS

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZNCF) said it had agreed to sell its small molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer (PFE) in a deal that could reach more than $1.5 billion.

The portfolio includes approved antibiotics Merrem, Zinforo and Zavicefta, and ATM-AVI and CXL, which are in clinical development, it said.

Pfizer will pay $550 million upon completion and a further unconditional $175 million in January 2019, AstraZeneca said, plus up to $250 million in milestones, up to $600 million in sales-related payments and recurring, double-digit royalties on future sales of Zavicefta and ATM-AVI in certain markets.

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The British company said the agreement did not impact its financial guidance for 2016.