News Summary: Baxter to buy Gambro in $2.76B deal

News Summary: Baxter Int'l to buy Swedish dialysis product maker Gambro in $2.76 billion deal

Associated Press

THE DEAL: Drug and medical device maker Baxter International Inc. said Tuesday it plans to buy the privately held Swedish company Gambro AB for about $2.76 billion. The deal is worth about $4 billion, counting debt.

THE REASONING: Baxter wants to broader its dialysis product portfolio. Dialysis involves removing blood from a patient, running it through a machine that cleans out impurities and then returning it to the patient's body.

ABOUT BAXTER: Based in Deerfield, Ill., Baxter also makes vaccines, bleeding disorder treatments and intravenous administration sets to deliver medicines and fluids to patients.

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