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PharMerica Falls After U.S. Sues Omnicare to Block Takeover

February 02, 2012

(Updates with closing share price in second paragraph.)

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- PharMerica Corp., the drug-supply company Omnicare Inc. is targeting with a $440.8 million unsolicited takeover bid, fell the most in more than three months after U.S. regulators sued to block the deal.

PharMerica fell 12 percent to $12.61, the biggest single- day decline since Oct. 4, at the close in New York. The Federal Trade Commission said Jan. 27 that merging the first and second- largest drug suppliers to nursing homes would increase prices for Medicare recipients, passing on the costs to taxpayers.

PharMerica, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has said the $15-a-share bid price undervalued the company. The company said today in a statement that Covington, Kentucky-based Omnicare should drop the offer.

“We believed antitrust clearance would be difficult to achieve and, with that belief now confirmed, we hope that Omnicare will end its hostile pursuit of PharMerica,” Chief Executive Officer Gregory Weishar said in the statement.

Omnicare, which pursued the acquisition to save money through automation and scale amid U.S. cuts to health-care spending, fell less than 1 percent to $32.86.

--Editors: Angela Zimm, Adriel Bettelheim

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah Frier in New York at sfrier1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reg Gale at rgale5@bloomberg.net


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