ASTELLAS MAY SELL OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG UNIT, PEOPLE SAY

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Astellas Pharma Inc., Japan's second-largest drugmaker, may sell its over-the-counter drug unit Zepharma Inc. to focus on profitable prescription medications, people involved in the sale talks said. Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Japan's largest maker of over-the-counter drugs, may be among bidders for Zepharma, according to the people, who declined to be named, citing ongoing talks. Lion Corp., Japan's biggest toothpaste maker, may also bid, the people said.

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