Medtronic, a global medical device maker, has announced plans to buy Covidien for $42.9 billion.
Covidien has announced it will buy Given Imaging for $30 per share in cash, for a total of approximately $860 million.
Covidien will make more of its cotton-based wound care products at its Augusta, GA, locating. The move is part of an effort to prevent possible supply shortages.
Covidien plans to spin off its pharmaceuticals division into a separate company. The independent division can better compete in the growing pain-management area, the company announced. The drugs division generates more than $2 billion in sales each year. Among its products are Exalgo, a 24- hour extended release opioid, and Pennsaid, a topical anti-inflammatory medication. The company's medical products business has annual sales of about $9.6 billion, according to the firm.