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Eisai Co., Ltd.

Drug Names(s): pilocarpine hydrochloride

Description: Salagen Tablets are prescribed for the relief of dry mouth (xerostomia) symptoms caused by Sjogren's syndrome or radiation therapy. The active ingredient of Salagen, pilocarpine, is a cholinergic parasympathomimetic agent that activates the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor. It exerts a broad spectrum of pharmacologic effects including increased secretion by the exocrine glands such as the salivary glands.

Deal Structure: Salagen was originally developed by MGI Pharma.

In December 2007, Eisai and MGI Pharma announced that they entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Eisai would acquire all of the outstanding shares of MGI Pharma for US$41.00 per share in an all cash transaction, for a total consideration of approximately $3.9 billion.

Partners: Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd

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