Akorn has sold its subsidiary, ECR Pharmaceuticals, to Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $41 million in cash and assumption of certain liabilities. ECR, which promotes certain branded pharmaceuticals through its sales force, was acquired through the acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal. In light of this divestiture, Akorn will update its annual 2014 guidance during its fiscal second quarter earnings call in early August.
Raj Rai, Akorn’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “While ECR is a solid platform of branded products, it is not a strategic fit to our business model of focusing on niche dosage forms. We believe this asset has better prospects for future growth and development under the leadership of a company like Valeant.”