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February 28, 2014
08:03 EDTACT, SNYActavis confirms generic Multaq patent challenge
Actavis (ACT) confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application with the FDA seeking approval to market Dronedarone Hydrochloride Tablets 400 mg. Actavis' ANDA product is a generic version of Sanofi's (SNY) Multaq, which is an antiarrhythmic drug indicated to reduce the risk of hospitalization for atrial fibrillation in patients in sinus rhythm with a history of paroxysmal or persistent AF. Sanofi and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. filed suit against Actavis on February 26 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware seeking to prevent Actavis from commercializing its ANDA product prior to the expiration of certain U.S. patents. The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Actavis' ANDA until Jan. 1, 2017, or final resolution of the matter before the court, whichever occurs sooner, subject to any other exclusivities.
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September 15, 2014
07:27 EDTACTPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTACTPfizer CEO says company still open to inversion deal, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) CEO Ian Read said U.S. rhetoric against tax inversions has been "political theater" ahead of midterm elections and made clear that his company is still open to a potential tax-saving acquisition, according to Financial Times, which added Read's comment about not being “held hostage” over price would likely be read as a signal the company might look elsewhere after being rebuffed by AstraZeneca (AZN). The Fly notes that Bloomberg previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Pfizer is looking at targets other than AstraZeneca, including Actavis (ACT). Shares of Actavis trading in New York are up 2% this morning. Reference Link
10:04 EDTSNYSanofi unit granted orphan status for treatment of Gaucher disease
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September 11, 2014
05:27 EDTSNYGenzyme announces positive interim results from Lemtrada extension study
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September 10, 2014
09:02 EDTACTActavis won't see serious long-term impact from rejection, says Sterne Agee
After the FDA's Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted to recommend against approval of Actavis' New Drug Application for the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan for the treatment of hypertension, Sterne Agee does not thinks the vote is very meaningful to the company's longer-term growth and earnings potential. The firm says that removing the product from its revenue outlook causes its 2018 EPS estimate for the company to drop by less than 1%. The firm still thinks the company can easily reach its 2017 EPS target of about $20. Sterne Agee keeps a $272 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:56 EDTACTFDA advisors recommend against approval of Actavis' nebivolol/valsartan combo
Actavis last night confirmed that the FDA's Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee has voted to recommend against approval of Actavis' New Drug Application for the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan for the treatment of hypertension. The committee vote was six to four recommending against approval. The committee recommendation is not binding on the FDA, which makes the final decision regarding approval. Actavis expects FDA action on its NDA for the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan by the fourth quarter of 2014. Actavis' Senior VP, Global Brands Research and Development, David Nicholson, said, "Although we are disappointed in the Committee's recommendation regarding the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan, we remain fully committed to supporting the NDA for this important potential new treatment option for patients with hypertension. We remain confident in the safety and efficacy of the combination of these two widely used and well-tolerated treatments, and we look forward to working with the FDA as it completes its review." Shares of Actavis are down more than 2% in pre-market trading following yesterday's committee recommendation.
07:09 EDTSNYAmericas Committee for Treatment & Research in MS to hold a meeting
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September 9, 2014
17:06 EDTACTFDA panel votes against Actavis blood pressure pill, Bloomberg says
FDA advisers said that Actavis's experimental pill that combines two existing drugs to lower high blood pressure doesn’t provide a clinically meaningful benefit over the two drugs alone, says Bloomberg. The advisory panel voted 6 to 4 against recommending the treatment, added Bloomberg. Shares of Actavis are trading down almost 1% in after-hours trading. Reference Link
10:18 EDTACTDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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September 8, 2014
14:16 EDTSNYSanofi announces FDA approval of Menactra vaccine
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTACTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
08:00 EDTACTActavis announces FDA acceptance of the NDA filing for ceftazidine-avibactam
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September 4, 2014
17:16 EDTACTActavis initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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September 3, 2014
12:49 EDTSNYSanofi reports Dengue vaccine candidate achieves its phase 3 primary endpoint
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced that the final landmark phase 3 efficacy study of its dengue vaccine candidate in Latin America successfully achieved its primary clinical endpoint. Results showed an overall significant reduction of 60.8% of dengue disease cases in children and adolescents 9-16 years old after a three-dose vaccination schedule. Importantly, efficacy was observed against each of the four dengue serotypes. Additional observations of the results showed a clinically important reduction by 80.3% in the risk of hospitalization due to dengue during the study. The results also showed in the study population an efficacy against dengue haemorrhagic fever, the severe form of dengue, which is consistent with the results released from Sanofi’s phase 3 dengue study in Asia. Lastly, the results suggest better protection in case of prior exposure to dengue.
September 2, 2014
20:26 EDTSNYSanofi has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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13:58 EDTSNYRegeneron expected to receive priority review at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) will receive priority review for alirocumab via the priority review voucher recently acquired from BioMarin (BMRN). Piper says potential approval of the drug is likely by mid-2015 and it reiterates an Overweight rating on Regeneron with a $382 price target.
09:23 EDTACTActavis announced FDA accepted filing of eluxadoline's NDA
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08:35 EDTSNYIntrexon enters into ECC with Sanofi subsidiary to develop APIs
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07:21 EDTSNYRegeneron data positive, says RBC Capital
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