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June 3, 2014
12:41 EDTACT, JNJ, TEVA, ENDPChicago files lawsuit against Actavis, Endo, Janssen, Teva, Chicago Tribune says
Chicago has filed a lawsuit against Actavis (ACT), Endo Health Solutions (ENDP), Teva's (TEVA) Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma, accusing the companies of concealing the risks associated with certain painkillers, the Chicago Tribune reports. The suit alleges the companies used "deceptive marketing practices to encourage doctors to prescribe and patients" to purchase more of these painkillers, leading to a rise in the "misuse and abuse" in the drugs. Reference Link
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August 31, 2014
14:04 EDTJNJWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
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August 28, 2014
17:42 EDTJNJJ&J begins sales process for its medical device unit Cordis, WSJ says
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11:22 EDTTEVAMylan ANDA for three times per week generic Copaxone accepted by FDA for filing
Mylan (MYL) announced that its abbreviated new drug application for a three times per week Glatiramer Acetate Injection 40 mg/mL has been accepted for filing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is the generic version of Teva's (TEVA) Copaxone 40 mg/mL, which is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Mylan believes it is one of the first companies to have filed a substantially complete ANDA containing a Paragraph IV certification for this product and expects to be eligible for 180 days of marketing exclusivity in the U.S. upon final FDA approval. Copaxone 40 mg/mL had U.S. sales of approximately $411.5M for the 12 months ending June 30, 2014, according to IMS Health.
07:21 EDTTEVATeva recalls batch of generic Parkinson's drug in U.S., Globes reports
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August 25, 2014
09:26 EDTENDPEndo puts AMS medical-device unit up for sale, WSJ says
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08:27 EDTJNJJanssen Affiliate Cilag acquires Covagen, terms not disclosed
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07:03 EDTJNJVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
August 22, 2014
16:11 EDTACTActavis confirms generic Neupro patent challenge
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August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTACT, TEVADEA 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
07:55 EDTACTActavis 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 EDTACTPfizer 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
07:38 EDTACTSupernus announces paragraph IV Abbreviated NDA filing for Trokendi XR
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05:42 EDTJNJIllumina 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 19, 2014
11:18 EDTACTDepomed announces favorable ruling in Gralise case
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10:32 EDTACTDepomed higher after favorable ruling in Gralise case
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07:26 EDTACTActavis confirms positive results from RECLAIM pivotal Phase III studies
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05:11 EDTTEVAGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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August 18, 2014
11:41 EDTJNJCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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10:06 EDTTEVA, ACTLannett surges after upbeat Q4, FY14 outlook
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08:50 EDTTEVATeva management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on August 20 hosted by JPMorgan.

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