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Shire to buy rare-disease drugmaker NPS Pharmaceuticals for US$5.2b

Deal comes before NPS learns whether its Natpara medicine to treat hypoparathyroidism wins approval from the US FDA

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NPS has "a rare-disease focus and ... it builds on our strong expertise in gastrointestinal diseases", says Mr Ornskov.

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SHIRE plc, the drugmaker seeking to boost growth after its proposed sale to AbbVie Inc collapsed, agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc for about US$5.2 billion to add medicines used to treat rare diseases.

Shire will pay US$46 a share in cash, the Dublin-based company said

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