NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson said on Thursday it has entered into a five-year agreement for the creation of an unsecured revolving credit facility for up to $1.5 billion.

The facility, which expires in May 2017, provides BD with $1 billion of financing, as well as access to an additional $500 million of financing, subject to additional commitments by the lenders.

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