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June 3, 2014
12:41 EDTJNJ, ENDP, ACT, TEVAChicago 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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January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTJNJOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
14:37 EDTTEVATeva generic competition to Copaxone pushed out by ruling, says BMO Capital
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13:08 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:56 EDTTEVAMylan says continues to believe '808 patent is 'invalid'
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11:29 EDTTEVATeva says Supreme Court reverses circuit court judgment on Copaxone 20 mg/mL
Teva Pharmaceutical announced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al. Petitioners v. Sandoz Inc. et al. that reversed the Federal Circuit Court’s judgment of invalidity of Teva’s ‘808 patent for COPAXONE 20 mg/mL. The Supreme Court remanded the case to the Federal Circuit for further review in light of the applicable standard the Supreme Court laid out for appellate review of claim construction. A ruling last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld four Teva patents that expired in May 2014, while invalidating the ‘808 patent that is set to expire on September 1, 2015. “We are encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision and look forward to the Federal Circuit’s review. We will continue to explore all available avenues to protect our intellectual property for COPAXONE 20mg/mL,” said Erez Vigodman, President and CEO of Teva. “There is currently no FDA-approved follow-on version of Teva’s COPAXONE. We are encouraged by the FDA’s willingness to date to have dialogue regarding the complexities of COPAXONE 20 mg/mL and the potential limitations and other unknowns of purported follow-on versions,” added Rob Koremans, MD, President and CEO of Global Specialty Medicines at Teva.
10:45 EDTTEVATeva spikes, retraces, after win in Copaxone patent case
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10:40 EDTTEVAMomenta Pharma sinks after Supreme Court rules on Copaxone
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10:35 EDTTEVATeva rises after patent ruling upheld by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling related to generic versions of Teva's Copaxone drug. In the ruling, the court wrote that "When reviewing a district court’s resolution of subsidiary factual matters made in the course of its construction of a patent claim, the Federal Circuit must apply a “clear error,” not a de novo, standard of review." Teva shares are up 1.5% to $58.58 in early trading after the ruling. Reference Link
10:33 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson falls post-earnings, levels to watch
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09:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says eyeing options in orthopedics, surgical, vision care
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09:21 EDTJNJJ&J says negative impact of currency to be 'more significant' than expected
Says currency impact will be more significant in 1H than in 2H.
09:20 EDTJNJJ&J says 'comfortable' with models reflecting midpoint of FY EPS view
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09:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 reported sales $75B-$76B
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09:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson CEO says core businesses 'strong'
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) providing sustainable, high quality healthcare "one of society's greatest challenges." Says core businesses "strong," positioned to continue expanding their leadership positions. CEO Alex Gorsky says company is changing the way it interacts with customers, evolving to be more "effective," "efficient." Says U.S. OTC consent decree requirements completed. Says in the process of developing a China lung center. Says still plans to take $1B out of P&L in next three years. Says aims to bring Ebola vaccine to market "as fast as possible." Says "well-positioned" for long-term. Says currency headwinds have increased "quite substantially," negatively impacting sales, earnings to greater extent than company had anticipated. Sees Depomed (DEPO) transaction closing in Q2. Expects R&D tax credit will be renewed in 2015. If R&D tax credit is approved, sees effective tax rate for 2015 of approx. 20%-21%. Sees operational sales growth for 2015 approx. 6%. Says Wall Street forecasts may not adequately reflect likely negative impact in 2015 of foreign exchange. Sees FY15 operational sales growth 1%-2% in constant currency. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
08:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees 10 major Pharmaceuticals filings from 2013-2017
Sees 10 major filings, 25 line extensions in Pharmaceuticals expected between 2013-2017. Sees about 100 ongoing discovery projects, 50 novel compounds in early development, 5 breakthrough designations. Sees 30 major Medical Devices filings expected from 2014-2016, 20 key Consumer product launches expected global in 2015. Says near-term priorities include: Accelerating growth in Medical Devices through innovation, expanding market leadership in key consumer segments like OTC, Oral Care, Baby and Beauty. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q4 earnings conference call.
07:52 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 Pharmaceutical sales $8B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.12-$6.27, consensus $6.13
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.27, consensus $1.26
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07:00 EDTENDPEndo price target raised to $98 from $86 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Endo shares to $98 saying Xiaflex's market expansion opportunities are not fully appreciated by the broader market. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
05:34 EDTACTActavis reports positive Phase III results for cariprazine
Gedeon Richter and Actavis announced positive results from a Phase III trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of cariprazine in the prevention of relapse in patients with schizophrenia. There were 101 patients randomized to cariprazine 3 to 9 mg per day and 99 randomized to placebo. The primary efficacy measure was time to first relapse during the double-blind period. There were 25 relapses in the cariprazine group versus 47 relapses in the placebo group. Treatment with cariprazine was associated with a 55% reduction in risk of relapse versus placebo.
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