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Baxter to buy Swedish firm Gambro in $2.76 B deal

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Drug and medical device maker Baxter International says it will buy the privately held Swedish company Gambro in a deal valued at about $2.76 billion to broaden its dialysis product portfolio.

The Deerfield, Ill., company says Gambro makes dialysis products for patients with acute or chronic kidney disease. It had sales of about $1.6 billion last year.

Baxter International Inc. says dialysis treatment rates are rising more than 5 percent annually, partly because of rising rates of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Baxter will pay for the deal with a combination of debt and cash generated from overseas operations. It expects the acquisition to close in the first half of next year. The deal is worth about $4 billion, counting debt.

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