MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) (TSX: VRX) today announced that it has received two separate requests for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") in connection with Valeant's pending Dermik and Ortho Dermatologics acquisitions. In July, Valeant announced that it and its subsidiary, Valeant International (Barbados) SRL (VIB), entered into an agreement to acquire Dermik, a dermatology unit of Sanofi in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the rights to Sculptra® Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) worldwide (other than in France), and that its subsidiaries, Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC and VIB, entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of the Ortho Dermatologics division of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The information requests were issued under notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR Act"). The effect of each second request is to extend the waiting period imposed by the HSR Act until 30 days after Valeant and its counterparty to the acquisition agreement have substantially complied with the request, unless that period is terminated sooner by the FTC. Valeant continues to expect that both the Dermik and Ortho Dermatologics transactions will close by the end of the year and prior to the termination date set forth in the related acquisition agreement.
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a multi-national specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufacturers and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of neurology, dermatology and branded generics. More information about Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. can be found at www.valeant.com.
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Laurie W. Little