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June 4, 2014
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August 24, 2014
20:27 EDTRHHBYRoche drops pursuit for remainder of Japan's Chugai, Bloomberg says
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13:41 EDTRHHBYRoche to acquire InterMune for $74.00 per share
Roche (RHHBY) and InterMune (ITMN) announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Roche to fully acquire InterMune at a price of $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. This corresponds to a total transaction value of $8.3B on a fully diluted basis. This offer represents a premium of 38% to InterMune's closing price on August 22 and a premium of 63% to InterMune's unaffected closing price on August 12. The merger agreement has been approved by the boards of InterMune and Roche. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Roche will commence a tender offer no later than August 29 to acquire all outstanding shares of InterMune common stock, and InterMune will file a recommendation statement containing the unanimous recommendation of the InterMune board that InterMune's shareholders tender their shares to Roche. The transaction is expected to be neutral to core earnings per share in 2015 and accretive from 2016 onwards. The acquisition of InterMune, a Brisbane, California based biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and fibrotic diseases, will allow Roche to broaden and strengthen its respiratory portfolio globally. Roche plans a smooth transition of InterMune employees and operations into the Roche organization, ensuring readiness for an expected launch of pirfenidone in the US in 2014. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in 2014.
August 22, 2014
14:19 EDTGSK, PFEViiV Healthcare receives FDA approval for HIV-1 treatment Triumeq
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12:39 EDTSNYThese five companies will benefit from increased ALS awareness, MarketWatch says
A recent surge in funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, caused by the Ice Bucket challenge that is widespread on social media outlets, will benefit five pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the development of a cure for ALS, according to MarketWatch. The companies that are or have been involved in developing a treatment for ALS include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS), Sanofi (SNY), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), MarketWatch added. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTTEVA, ABBVDEA restricts painkiller drug prescriptions to curb abuse, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, will reclassify hydrocodone combination painkiller drugs and place them in the category of medical substances that have the highest potential for harm in an attempt to curb the widespread abuse of the drugs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rescheduling of the drugs will take effect in 45 days and result in people being able to obtain the drug for only 90 days without obtaining a new prescription. Major manufacturers of these drugs include Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), Mallinckrodt (MNK), AbbVie (ABBV), and Actavis (ACT). Reference Link
13:32 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce approval of Eliquis for treatment of DVT, PE
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09:54 EDTPFEPotential Pfizer, AstraZeneca deal seen around year-end, Reuters says
Investors and analysts see Pfizer (PFE) making another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN) around year-end, even though talks between the two can resume on August 26 per British takeover rules, Reuters reports. Reference Link
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer initiates U.S. EAP for palbociclib.
Pfizer announced that the company has initiated a multi-center, open-label expanded access program in the U.S. for palbociclib. Through the program, palbociclib is being made available for use in combination with letrozole for post-menopausal women with hormone receptor positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer for whom letrozole is considered appropriate therapy.
07:57 EDTABBVGilead HCV risks overblown, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that investors are concerned about upcoming competition to Gilead's (GILD) HCV drug from AbbVie's (ABBV) HCV treatment. But Bernstein says that insurers can only prevent 16% of the U.S. population from receiving Gilead's drug, and the firm does not expect the HCV market share dynamics to change in the near-term. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
07:55 EDTPFEActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
05:42 EDTSNYIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 20, 2014
15:35 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline receives FDA approval for Arnuity Ellipta in the U.S.
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11:44 EDTGSKMylan completes second bidding round for GSK prescription portfolio, WSJ says
Mylan (MYL), TPG Capital, Advent International, KKR (KKR), Warburg Pincus and a few Indian prescription manufacturers have completed the second round of bidding for GlaxoSmith Kline's (GSK) portfolio of mature medications, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the sales process. GSK noted that it aims to sell a portfolio of drug brands in the U.S. and EU with yearly sales of approximately $1.66B. Reference Link
08:30 EDTGSKPernix closes acquisition of Treximet
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08:29 EDTGSKPernix Therapeutics to host conference call
Conference call to discuss acquisition of Treximet will be held on August 20 at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:04 EDTGSKPOZEN announces U.S. rights for Treximet acquired by Pernix Therapeutics
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08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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August 19, 2014
16:46 EDTSNYFDA approves Genzyme Cerdelga capsules
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05:11 EDTTEVAGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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