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Orifarm got Covid-19 discount on Takeda purchases: "The timing was in our favor"

When Orifarm bought products worth DKK 4.6bn from Japanese Takeda in spring 2020, it got a solid coronavirus discount due to turbulent times. "The timing was in our favor," says Orifarm CEO Erik Sandberg.

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When pharmaceutical supplier Orifarm bought a wide range of products from Japanese Takeda for DKK 4.6bn (USD 726.0m) in March 2020, the company was – in the words of CEO Erik Sandberg – "in the eye of the hurricane". At that time, Covid-19 was on everybody's lips and there was a vast amount of uncertainty. The uncertainty, however, led to the purchase casting off a significant "pandemic discount", says Sandberg, according to Danish newspaper Børsen.

"We had an opportunity to negotiate our way down to a super attractive pricing level, so we got a solid Covid-19 discount. We did. The timing was in our favor," Sandberg tells the newspaper.

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