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OC Efforts Spur Japanese Device Regulation Changes

New Law Loosens Process US Firms Have Criticized

Efforts over the past decade by several of Orange County’s better-known medical device executives to change Japanese laws are bearing fruit.

Avanir to Continue as OC-Based Business Under Otsuka

HEALTHCARE: $3.5B for maker of neurological drug

Aliso Viejo-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. hopes to continue its recent surge under new owner Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., which aims to beef up its neurology drug lineup following an upcoming patent expiration.

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Kaiser Names New Top OC Exec

Kaiser Permanente has named Mark Costa its new executive director of its Orange County service area.

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Actavis to Cut Jobs in Corona

Actavis PLC, which is buying Irvine-based Allergan Inc., will lay off 200 workers at its operation just across the county line in Corona, according to a state filing.

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Avanir to be Acquired for $3.5B

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. for $3.5 billion.

Integrated Healthcare Vies for Joshua Tree Hospital

Works With Affiliates To Get Operations Lease

Hospital operator Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc., one of Orange County’s lower-profile public companies, is working with some of its affiliates to lease a hospital in the High Desert community of Joshua Tree.

Allergan Buyer Could Make Irvine HQ For Specialty Pharma

HEALTHCARE: Boss of N.J.-based Actavis likes OC’s appeal, talent

Orange County will remain a nerve center for Allergan Inc., according to the chief executive of its future parent company.

UCI Health Partners With IE Hospital

UC Irvine Health has struck a deal on an affiliation with Corona Regional Medical Center, a midsize hospital just across the Riverside County line.

Kaiser Considers Internal Candidates For Top Executive in OC

HEALTHCARE: Harrier interim; final choice expected next month

Julie Miller-Phipps says Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan will likely stick with the familiar as it seeks to fill her role as its top executive in Orange County, where consideration of internal candidates is under way.

Seattle Drugmaker With Local Plant Files for Bankruptcy

Performance of Dendreon Provenge Drug Elusive

Five years ago, the Business Journal wondered whether a “biotech beachhead” was going to take root in Orange County, an area long known for its domination by the medical device industry.

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Valeant, Ackman Cash Out of Allergan

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP have slashed their stake in Irvine-based Allergan Inc. after losing a bidding war to Actavis PLC.

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SEC Suspends Trading of Penny Stock

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said today that it halted trading in Anaheim-based Wholehealth Products Inc. and three other penny stock companies that “claim to be developing products and services in response to the Ebola [virus] outbreak.”

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Ackman Withdraws From Meeting

Activist investor Bill Ackman said today that he would withdraw from a special shareholders’ meeting he had planned in the wake of Irvine-based Allergan Inc.’s $66 billion acquisition by Actavis PLC, according to CNBC.

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Allergan Acquired by Actavis for $66B

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. has agreed to be acquired for $66 billion by Actavis PLC.

New Allergan Suitor Puts Friendly Face on Takeover Talk

HEALTHCARE: Could arrive at special meeting with two offers

A new bidder has brought a decidedly different tone to talks on a takeover of Irvine-based Allergan Inc.