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Pfizer ups offer for AstraZeneca again, to $119B

Pfizer raises offer to acquire fellow drugmaker AstraZeneca for third time, to $119 billion

Pfizer ups offer for AstraZeneca again, to $119B

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer has raised its offer for British rival AstraZeneca by 15 percent over its last bid, making the stock-and-cash offer worth $118.8 billion -- one of the richest deals ever.

Pfizer Inc. has been courting AstraZeneca PLC since January, saying their businesses are complementary and would be stronger together. But AstraZeneca has repeatedly rejected Pfizer's offers, insisting they significantly undervalue the company and its portfolio of experimental drugs.

This is the third time Pfizer has sweetened its offer. It also increased the ratio of cash AstraZeneca shareholders would receive, from 33 percent to 45 percent.