AstraZeneca's (AZN -1.5%) $443M deal to acquire Omthera puts the U.K. company at "distinct...

|About: AstraZeneca Group plc (AZN)|By:, SA News Editor

AstraZeneca's (AZN -1.5%) $443M deal to acquire Omthera puts the U.K. company at "distinct commercial advantage" over Amarin (AMRN +0.3%), says Decision Resources' Paramjit Narang. Omthera's Epanova drug "offers higher and more constant bioavailability, and arguably better efficacy" in lowering triglyceride than Amarin's Vascepa, and it "lacks the gastrointestinal side effects of the market incumbent Lovaza," which is sold by GSK (GSK -2%). Narang reckons Epanova's annual sales could peak at $1B.