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May 8, 2014
06:39 EDTACUR, RBXLY, PFEAcura Pharma announces settlement of patent litigation with Ranbaxy
Acura Pharmaceuticals (ACUR) announced that it has entered into a Settlement Agreement with Ranbaxy (RBXLY) to dismiss, without prejudice, its patent infringement action pending against Ranbaxy in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. In the suit, Acura alleges that a generic of Acura's AVERSION oxycodone product, previously marketed by Pfizer Inc. (PFE) under its brand name OXECTA, for which Ranbaxy is seeking approval to market in the United States pursuant to an Abbreviated New Drug Application, or ANDA, filing with the FDA infringes U.S. patents owned by Acura. The Settlement Agreement provides that Ranbaxy's current product that is the subject of its ANDA does not infringe Acura's Orange Book listed patents with the FDA. Acura has not provided Ranbaxy with a license to Acura's patents and Acura may re-commence patent infringement litigation against Ranbaxy if Ranbaxy changes the formulation of its generic to the AVERSION oxycodone product.
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September 19, 2014
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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10:07 EDTPFEHigh option volume stocks
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September 17, 2014
07:43 EDTPFEBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTPFEOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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07:19 EDTPFECompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
09:25 EDTPFEJPMorgan biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts assess Pfizer's M&A options on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on September 15 at 10 am.
07:27 EDTPFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTPFEPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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06:02 EDTACURAcura Pharma submits formal dispute resolution request with FDA
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September 14, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEPfizer shares look cheap, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTPFEPfizer 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
September 8, 2014
14:13 EDTRBXLYConnecticut AG tells FDA to speed up generic Nexium
A news release from the Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, dated September 4, says: In comments to a Citizen Petition filed with the FDA, Attorney General George Jepsen called on the federal agency to expeditiously end several years of delays preventing the sale of a generic form of the drug esomeprazole magnesium , esomeprazole, currently marketed under the brand name Nexium. Nexium is the second highest-selling pharmaceutical drug in the United States, and delays in approving generic versions have cost consumers and government healthcare payers billions of dollars. In his comments, Attorney General Jepsen alleges that an agreement between drug manufacturers Ranbaxy (RBXLY) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZN), Nexium’s brand-name manufacturer, has prevented other drug-makers from launching a generic version of the drug, ultimately harming all consumers by artificially inflating prices. Ranbaxy was first-to-file with the FDA for approval of a generic form of Nexium. AstraZeneca sued Ranbaxy for patent infringement, and the dispute was settled by an agreement that provided financial incentives for Ranbaxy to delay entry of its generic into the consumer market. Reference Link
07:15 EDTPFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.

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