Aug 6, 2019

Mallinckrodt suspends spinoff of specialty generics unit due to opioid litigation

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Mallinckrodt said Tuesday morning that it will suspend the planned spin-off of its specialty generics unit, which primarily makes opioid drugs, due to ongoing litigation.

Why it matters: It reflects how those who (allegedly) contributed to a public health crisis are now facing a public markets crisis.

The bottom line: "Mallinckrodt shares have fallen 60% this year on concern about the company’s possible exposure to litigation over the U.S. opioid crisis. ... Berenberg analyst Patrick Trucchio has estimated that generic-drug makers may be responsible for 30% of opioid-related liabilities, with Mallinckrodt facing a potential hit of as much as $6.4 billion." ⁠— John Lauerman, Bloomberg

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