Pfizer and Allergan to Combine

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved, and the companies have entered into, a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer, a global innovative biopharmaceutical company, will combine with Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma, in a stock transaction currently valued at $363.63 per Allergan share, for a total enterprise value of approximately $160 billion, based on the closing price of Pfizer common stock of $32.18 on November 20, 2015. The transaction represents more than a 30 percent premium based on Pfizer’s and Allergan’s unaffected share prices as of October 28, 2015. Allergan shareholders will receive 11.3 shares of the combined company for each of their Allergan shares, and Pfizer stockholders will receive one share of the combined company for each of their Pfizer shares.

Global Payments Acquires Realex Payments, Expanding Its International Ecommerce Offerings

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services, announced today the purchase of Realex Payments, one of Europes largest and fastest growing payment gateways providing a range of technology services for businesses selling online. This transaction furthers Global Payments strategy to provide omni-channel solutions that combine gateway services, payment service provisioning and merchant acquiring across Europe.

Covidien Achieves CE Mark for the Nellcor Bedside SpO2 Patient Monitoring System, PM100N

Covidien (NYSE: COV) today announced CE Mark approval for its Nellcor Bedside SpO2 Patient Monitoring System, PM100N. The system currently is available in the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia and New Zealand. The Nellcor Bedside SpO2 Patient Monitoring System is the only commercially available bedside pulse oximetry (SpO2) monitor featuring home care and sleep study modes that complies with standards for medical electrical equipment used in the home health care environment.

Ecolab’s Apex Warewashing System Helps Restaurant and Foodservice Operators Throughout Europe Improve Results, Save Water and Energy

Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has launched Apex, a warewashing system that will provide the cleaning results restaurant and foodservice operators throughout Europe expect, while reducing water and energy use.

Covidien Announces CE Mark of Nellcor Respiration Rate Technology

Covidien plc, a leading global provider of health care products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced the European commercial launch of its Nellcor Respiration Rate System. In addition to the Adult Respiratory Sensor, the system includes the Nellcor Respiration Rate Version 2.0 software and Nellcor Bedside Respiratory Patient Monitoring System, PM1000N, both of which recently received CE Mark approval.