Pfizer says keen to engage with AstraZeneca board

  • Reuters, London
  • Updated: May 13, 2014 11:52 IST
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US drugmaker Pfizer kept up the pressure on bid target AstraZeneca on Tuesday, saying its offer represented compelling value for a company which would otherwise face challenges as a standalone firm.

Pfizer released a statement to set out its case for the deal, just hours before its chief executive appears in front of a British parliamentary committee to explain why he wants to acquire Britain's second largest drugmaker.

AstraZeneca has rejected a $106 billion bid from Pfizer but the US group is widely expected to return with a higher offer later this week.

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