Last month, the Irvine drugmaker received an unsolicited buyout offer from Valeant and activist shareholder Bill Ackman. As a defense, Allergan adopted a poison pill strategy to slow down the potential takeover, then reportedly pursued other buyers.
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"The board has determined that Valeant's proposal creates significant risks and uncertainties for Allergan's stockholders," Pyott said in a statement.
In a letter to Valeant Chief Executive Michael Pearson, Pyott also said uncertainty about the Canadian company's growth prospects and business model was a risk to its stockholders.
"Valeant's strategy runs counter to Allergan's customer focused approach," Pyott wrote. "We question how Valeant would achieve the level of cost cutting it is proposing without harming the long term viability and growth trajectory of our business."
Earlier this month, Allergan co-founder Gavin Herbert said he was worried that Valeant could slash the company's research and development budget by as much as 80%. That would severely hamper Allergan's ability to produce new drugs, and could also mean the elimination of many jobs.