Summary: German-owned Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH agreed to buy the U.S. rights to the drug Zantac from Pfizer (PFE) for $509.5 million. The heartburn medication was sold as part of Pfizer's spinoff of its consumer unit -- a move necessary to receive approval from federal antitrust regulators for the overall sale of its consumer health-care business to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The sales of Zantac and Pfizer's consumer-health unit are expected to close by the end of the year, according to Johnson & Johnson spokesman Marc Monseau. Monseau declined to comment on whether other product sales would be needed to gain the necessary FTC approval.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceutical (PJP), iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceuticals (IHE)
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