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Allergan–Pfizer merger: What Does Pfizer Make besides Viagra?

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Nov. 20 2020, Updated 4:33 p.m. ET

Pfizer is a global pharmaceutical company

Pfizer (PFE) is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It’s primarily known for Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction. It’s in the process of buying Allergan (AGN), the Ireland-based aesthetic healthcare company, in a tax inversion transaction. The AllerganPfizer merger will change Pfizer’s domicile to Dublin, Ireland, and allow them to gain access to overseas cash without triggering a repatriation tax in the United States.

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Pfizer is divided up into two basic segments, namely, the Innovative Segment and the Established Segment. As a general rule, the Innovative Segment consists of products currently on-patent, while the Established Segment consists of products that have lost patent exclusivity, and are thus open to generic competition.

Global Innovative Pharmaceutical segment

This segment consists of the Global Innovative Pharmaceutical segment (GIP) and the Global Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer Healthcare segment (VOC). The GIP segment consists of products that treat inflammation, cardiovascular and metabolic, neuroscience and pain, rare diseases, and women’s and men’s health. The VOC segment includes vaccines and oncology products, as well as numerous consumer health products such as vitamins, pain management, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and personal care. The most well-known consumer brands include Centrum vitamins, Advil, Nexium, Robitussin, and Chapstick.

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Global Established Products

Or GEP for short. This part of the company includes the brands that have lost market exclusivity and the mature, patent-protected products that are expected to lose exclusivity through 2015, as well as generic pharmaceuticals. Additionally, GEP includes Pfizer’s sterile injectable products and biosimilar development portfolio.

Other merger arbitrage resources

Other important merger spreads include the Cigna (CI) and Anthem (ANTM) deal, slated to close in 2H15. For a primer on risk arbitrage investing, read Merger arbitrage must-knows: A key guide for investors.

Investors who are interested in trading in the healthcare sector could look at the S&P SPDR Healthcare ETF (XLV).

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