ArthroCare Bid Signals Ortho Consolidation
If completed, Smith & Nephew’s acquisition of ArthroCare would help it diversify into the ENT market, but the deal may not get done as analysts speculate that competitors Stryker and J&J could step in with counteroffers. The interest surrounding ArthroCare emphasizes the pressures being put on large joint makers to find new ways of making money in orthopedics.
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