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May 12, 2014
08:09 EDTACT, VRXActavis announces patent challenge settlement for Acanya
Actavis (ACT) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Valeant (VRX) to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Actavis' generic version of Acanya Gel, 1.2%/2.5%. Acanya Gel is a lincosamide antibiotic and benzoyl peroxide indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Under the terms of the agreement, Valeant will grant Actavis a license to market its generic Acanya Gel beginning in July 1, 2018 or earlier under certain circumstances. Other details of the settlement were not disclosed. For the 12 months ending February 28, Acanya® had total U.S. sales of approximately $121M, according to IMS Health data.
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September 16, 2014
06:06 EDTACTActavis, subsidiary sued by NY attorney general, Reuters says
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit versus Actavis and its subsidiary, Forest Laboratories, to impede the firms from stopping its Alzheimer's medication production, claiming that they were aiming to illegally maintain a monopolistic stance, according to Reuters, citing comments from Schneiderman. Reference Link
05:37 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square, Allergan settle pending litigation before DE Court
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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
08:02 EDTVRXPershing submits special meeting requests totaling 35% of Allergan shares
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05:09 EDTVRXAllergan comments on Pershing Square delivery of additional requests
Allergan (AGN) commented on Pershing Square Capital Management delivery of additional requests from stockholders owning 1.5% of Allergan’s shares to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders. Allergan will review these requests in addition to the requests from stockholders owning 2.8% of Allergan’s shares that were delivered on September 3. The company issued the following statement: Notwithstanding Pershing Square and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) efforts to change the subject, Allergan recognizes that what actually matters is value, and that’s what the company is focusing on delivering to stockholders. In that regard, Allergan’s current strategic plan is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth, including estimated 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan has already scheduled the Special Meeting for December 18. As such, the delivery of additional requests for the Special Meeting by Pershing Square is not a meaningful development. The lawsuit in California is seeking an order barring Valeant, Pershing Square, Ackman, and entities affiliated with them from voting shares that Allergan believes were acquired in violation of the federal securities laws, including insider trading. If Allergan’s motion for a preliminary injunction is granted, it would prevent Valeant, Pershing Square, and Ackman from voting their shares at any meeting of stockholders.
September 11, 2014
09:52 EDTVRXValeant to submit consent from 35% of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
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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.
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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06:42 EDTVRXLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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September 8, 2014
17:01 EDTVRXValeant to expand Bausch + Lomb facility, will add 120 new jobs
Valeant Pharmaceuticals announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. The ceremony recognized the expansion and installation of the new manufacturing lines, which will produce the company's silicone hydrogel contact lens, Bausch + Lomb ULTRA. The solar array, which is currently under construction, will generate and supply electricity through the installation of 3,667 solar panels, helping to reduce the Rochester facility's carbon footprint by 800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTVRX, ACTOn 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 EDTVRXValeant initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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17:16 EDTACTActavis initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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09:44 EDTVRXValeant, Ackman deliver another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) and Bill Ackman delivered another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, bringing its total vote to call a special meeting to 33.8%, CNBC's David Faber reports, citing sources. A special meeting has been set for December 18, Faber added.
September 2, 2014
09:23 EDTACTActavis announced FDA accepted filing of eluxadoline's NDA
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09:07 EDTVRXAllergan filed answer in federal court reponding to Valeant, Pershing claims
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