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Amgen acquires Filgrastim franchise rights from Roche

Amgen announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with F. Hoffmann-La Roche to acquire Roche's rights to filgrastim and pegfilgrastim in approximately 100 markets, effective January 1, 2014. Roche has held the rights to filgrastim and pegfilgrastim under license from Kirin-Amgen, Inc. (a joint venture between Amgen and Kirin Holdings Co. Limited, of Japan) in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa since 1989. The franchise generated approximately $200 million in sales in these territories in 2012. Amgen anticipates this deal will be accretive starting in 2014.