Friendly Medicine

Are friendly mergers back in vogue? Just three days after the Delaware Supreme Court gave Time Inc. and Warner Communications the go-ahead to join forces, another megamerger was announced. Bristol-Myers (1988 sales: $6 billion) and Squibb ($2.6 billion) said they had agreed to an $11.2 billion stock swap that would create the world's second largest drug company. The friendly merger would be the largest so far in the current race to create globe-spanning pharmaceutical giants. The new company, with headquarters in Manhattan, would bring together such products as Bristol-Myers' Bufferin painkiller and Windex glass cleaner with Squibb's Capoten, a leading prescription...

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