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June 26, 2013
11:24 EDTBSX, JNJ, MDT, ABT, PFEPatent ruling disputed by J&J, Pfizer upheld on appeal
Pfizer's (PFE) Wyeth and Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Cordis units appealed a lower court opinion that certain patent claims related to the use of rapamycin for the treatment and prevention of the renarrowing of an artery are invalid. An appeals court upheld the lower court ruling in favor of defendants Abbott (ABT), Medtronic (MDT) and Boston Scientific (BSX). Reference Link
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June 25, 2015
09:15 EDTMDTWaters names Christopher O'Connell as CEO, effective in September
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June 24, 2015
13:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CDC committee votes to recommend MenB vaccine
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers. It added, "Specifically, the ACIP voted that a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. The preferred age for MenB vaccination is 16 through 18 years of age." Pfizer's Trumenba is FDA-approved for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. The ACIP recommendation will be forwarded to the director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval, Pfizer said.
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTPFECAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
17:03 EDTMDTMedtronic implements voluntary recall for certain lots of Covidien Shiley tubes
Medtronic announced that on May 8, it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models manufactured after November 29, 2012. The company initiated the field action following a small number of customer complaints that included reports of 12 serious patient injuries, such as breathing difficulties that impacted oxygen levels immediately upon tube placement or discomfort. Replacement of the tracheostomy tube with product manufactured prior to November 29, 2012 addressed the patient breathing difficulty or discomfort. The notification requested all customers and distributors to quarantine and discontinue use of all potentially affected units and return the affected product to the company as soon as possible for credit. Medtronic also took the necessary steps to prevent future shipments of the recalled products. The company also notified regulatory agencies around the world, as appropriate. Since November 29, 2012, Shiley tracheostomy tubes were shipped into Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States of America.
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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14:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces enrollment of first patient in RESET study
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12:35 EDTBSXBoston Scientific CEO says M&A an important strategy
Boston Scientific CEO is speaking in a CNBC interview.
11:20 EDTMDTMedtronic competitive with Edwards after approval, says Wells Fargo
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09:53 EDTPFEPfizer management to meet with FBN Securities
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBN Securities.
09:22 EDTMDTMedtronic announces FDA approval for new TAVR system
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07:25 EDTMDT, PFE, BSXPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
09:04 EDTBSXBoston Scientific initiates study to assess EMBLEM S-ICD
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08:52 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
June 21, 2015
12:42 EDTMDTMedtronic reports five-year follow-up results for Endurant AAA stent graft
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June 19, 2015
17:02 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires Aptus Endosystems for $110M
Medtronic announced it has acquired the assets of Aptus Endosystems, a Sunnyvale, Calif. based, privately held medical device company focused on developing advanced technology for endovascular aneurysm repair and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair. Medtronic completed its acquisition of the assets of Aptus Endosystems in a transaction valued at approximately $110M. Additional terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
09:23 EDTMDTMedtronic acquires CardioInsight Technologies
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09:21 EDTMDTMedtronic approves repurchase of addition 80M shares
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09:20 EDTMDTMedtronic raises quarterly dividend by 25% to 38c per share
The board of Medtronic approved a 25% increase in its cash dividend for FY16, raising the quarterly amount to 38c per ordinary share for an annual amount of $1.52 per ordinary share. The dividend is payable on July 17, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 29.
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