Takeda says no to big deals


Takeda Pharmaceutical has called a halt on big deals following its recent $13.7 billion buyout of Nycomed.

Takeda’s President, Yasuchika Hasegawa, has said that the company will hold back on big mergers and acquisitions to “focus on integration for the next year or two”, adding that Japanese companies have been typically poor at integrating foreign acquisitions in the past.

Hasegawa said that domestic deals are even harder to get right, and told the Wall Street Journal that “it’s not worth it”.

He commented that acquisitions outside Japan tend to work better when companies are looking to fill in gaps, such as Takeda’s plans to develop products and pipeline projects to make up for loss of patent protection on its leading drug, Actos.