Pfizer says European regulators clear Wyeth purchase
July 20, 2009
Pfizer Inc. announced that European Union antitrust regulators have cleared its $68 billion purchase of rival Wyeth, reported by the Associated Press. The European Commission approved the deal, and Pfizer said it has committed to divesting some businesses in the EU. Pfizer agreed to buy Wyeth in January, but approvals from regulators and governments on several continents are required due to the size of the businesses involved. Pfizer also said the Chinese Ministry of Commerce extended its review of the deal beyond the initial 30 days. A 90-day regulatory review in the U.S. is continuing, and Wyeth shareholders will also need to approve the sale. New York-based Pfizer is already the world''s largest drug maker by revenue, and the acquisition of Wyeth, would expand its lead. Pfizer said it expects the deal to close in the fall.