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October 16, 2014
08:08 EDTACTActavis confirms generic Quillivant XR patent challenge
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08:02 EDTACTIronwood announces initiation of Phase II linaclotide trial
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (IRWD) announced the initiation of a Phase II clinical trial evaluating linaclotide for the treatment of adults suffering from opioid-induced constipation. Data are expected in the second half of 2015. The clinical trial is being conducted jointly by Ironwood and Actavis plc (ACT), Ironwood’s co-development and co-promotion partner for linaclotide in the United States. Linaclotide is a guanylate cyclase-C agonist approved by the FDA for the treatment of adults with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation or chronic idiopathic constipation. Linaclotide is not currently approved for the treatment of OIC. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-site Phase II clinical trial is expected to enroll approximately 240 adult patients with chronic, non-cancer pain who have been receiving a stable dose of an opioid analgesic and suffer from constipation, defined as fewer than three spontaneous bowel movements per week. Patients will be randomized to receive 145 mcg of linaclotide, 290 mcg of linaclotide, or placebo for eight weeks. The primary endpoint of the trial is an increase in SBM frequency. Additionally, a number of secondary endpoints and exploratory analyses intended to inform future development plans are included in the study design.
October 15, 2014
17:03 EDTNVSNovartis announces CTL019 data demonstrating efficacy in certain ALL patients
Novartis and the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine announced preliminary results from two pilot clinical trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine, or NEJM, evaluating the efficacy and safety of CTL019 in patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or r/r ALL. The studies, conducted by Penn, demonstrated that 27 of 30 pediatric and adult patients, or 90%, experienced complete remissions with the investigational chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR, therapy CTL019. Largest published cohort to date for CTL019, which served as the basis for recent Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA. Sustained remissions of up to two years in r/r ALL patients with six-month event-free survival of 67% and overall survival of 78%.
October 14, 2014
14:03 EDTBAYRYCompugen achieves second preclinical milestone under Bayer cancer collaboration
Compugen (CGEN) disclosed that it has achieved a second milestone in its cancer immunotherapy collaboration it entered last year with Bayer HealthCare (BAYRY). The collaboration provides for the research, development, and commercialization of antibody-based cancer therapeutics against two novel Compugen-discovered immune checkpoint regulators. The milestone being announced relates to the second preclinical milestone for one of the checkpoint protein candidates.
11:23 EDTNVSBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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07:46 EDTACTActavis should be able to mitigate Irish tax downside, says Leerink
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06:03 EDTACTMarket overreacted to new Irish tax rules, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes the market may have overreacted yesterday to the report that Ireland is eliminating the "Double Irish" tax loophole. The firm says Allergan (AGN) confirmed that it incorporated potential changes to Irish tax law in its recently raised earnings guidance while Mallinckrodt (MNK) said it does expect the new tax structure to have an immediate impact. BMO views yesterday's pullback in shares of Allergan, Mallinckrodt and Actavis (ACT) as an overreaction.
October 13, 2014
15:12 EDTACTActavis may see modest negative impact from Irish tax change, says BMO Capital
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October 10, 2014
10:20 EDTACTFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:37 EDTACTActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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05:13 EDTNVSNovartis reports new analyses of AIN457 Phase III data show consistent efficacy
Novartis announced that new analyses of AIN457 Phase III studies showed that treatment with secukinumab 300 mg resulted in higher rates of clear to almost clear skin at Week 12 versus placebo, regardless of patients' psoriasis disease severity. Secukinumab's new mode of action stops interleukin-17A, which plays a central role in the development of psoriasis. In the analyses, the majority of patients across two disease severity subgroups, including those with severe psoriasis, experienced complete clear to almost clear skin measured as 100 or 90% reduction of respective baseline PASI, or Psoriasis Area and Severity Index. Skin clearance was sustained through one year of treatment. This is important as historically, psoriasis patients' disease severity at the start of treatment has been shown to negatively impact their response to other therapies. Disease severity subgroups were PASI less than or equal to 20 and PASI greater than 20. PASI measures redness, scaling and thickness of psoriatic plaques and the impact in regions of the body. These findings reconfirm the significantly better responses seen in the published FIXTURE study, where secukinumab showed superiority to Enbrel, a standard of care anti-TNF medication.
October 9, 2014
12:28 EDTACTAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:14 EDTACTAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
08:50 EDTACTAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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October 8, 2014
11:05 EDTNVSLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses congestive heart failure and the prospects for LCZ696 in HF-PEF on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 3 pm.
08:42 EDTACTSalix shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
After Reuters yesterday afternoon reported that Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger approach to Allergan (AGN), Sterne Agee believes that Salix's standalone value is $162. The firm expects the shares to reach that level following approval of its Xifaxan IBS-D drug after the February 2015 PDUFA date.
07:19 EDTNVSCBI to hold a conference
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06:47 EDTACTLawmakers may push for new regulations on generic drug makers, NY Times says
After the prices of some generic drugs soared more than 1,000% over the last year, two influential members of Congress are probing the sector and threatening to look to impose new regulations on it, according to The New York Times. Generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Mylan (MYL), Actavis (ACT), and Lannett (LCI).Reference Link
06:23 EDTACTActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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06:11 EDTNVSNovartis says expects three executive committee members to leave
Novartis (NVS) confirmed that following completion of the transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) in the coming months, that the three business leaders of the Novartis divisions at the center of the transaction will leave the Executive Committee of Novartis. The expected changes to the ECN are subject to the closing of the transactions announced on April 22 - Novartis expects the transaction with GSK to be completed in the first half of 2015, and the transaction with Eli Lilly for its Animal Health Business to close in the first quarter of 2015. George Gunn, currently Division Head, Novartis Animal Health, will reach his contractual retirement age in July 2015 and will retire from Novartis. Upon closing of the Animal Health transaction with Lilly he will leave the ECN. Brian McNamara, currently Division Head, Novartis OTC, will transition to GSK as Head of Americas and Europe for the consumer health businesses, reporting to the President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, effective at closing of the transaction. Andrin Oswald, currently Division Head, Novartis Vaccines, will be leaving Novartis to pursue other opportunities following closing of the transaction with GSK.
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