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June 10, 2014
11:22 EDTAGN, ACT, NVSAllergan Latisse patents found invalid by appeals court
The U.S. court of appeals for the federal circuit overturned a lower court ruling related to Allergan's (AGN) patents for Latisse, a treatment for eyelash loss. Several companies, including Actavis (ACT) and Novartis' (NVS) Sandoz unit, appealed a lower court ruling that said they'd infringed Allergan's patents. The appeals court sided with the appealing companies and reversed the district court's findings with respect to the validity of the patents held by Allergan and Duke University. Reference Link
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September 15, 2014
07:27 EDTACTPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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07:21 EDTNVSHeart Failure Society of America to hold annual meeting
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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 EDTAGNPershing submits special meeting requests totaling 35% of Allergan shares
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05:18 EDTNVSNovartis announces new data confirms high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving NEDA
Novartis announced new analyses presented at the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, USA, which confirmed the high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving 'no evidence of disease activity', or NEDA, in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, across four key disease measures - relapses, MRI lesions, brain shrinkage and disability progression. Specifically, patients taking Gilenya had a more than four-times greater likelihood of achieving NEDA across these four key measures. NEDA is currently defined as having no relapses, MRI lesions and disability progression. These new analyses from the phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials reinforce the value of including brain shrinkage to the definition of NEDA. The inclusion of brain shrinkage into the NEDA definition would allow physicians to obtain a more complete assessment of a patient's disease, including the underlying damage in MS.
05:09 EDTAGNAllergan 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
11:08 EDTAGNAllergan shareholders owning 35% to ask for meeting, Reuters says
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09:52 EDTAGNValeant 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.
05:17 EDTNVSNovartis Gilenya data confirms reducing brain shrinkage matter for MS patients
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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
16:04 EDTAGNPershing Square reports 9.7% stake in Allergan, sends letter to board
Pershing Square Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Allergan that highlights several reasons why Allergan is extremely shareholder unfriendly and why now is the time for Allergan's management team to wake up. In the letter, Pershing Square said: "Since the bid was announced in April, 75% of Allergan’s shareholders have sold all or a portion of their investment including the company’s largest shareholder, which has sold its entire position. These shareholders are sending the board a message. They would not have sold if they believed that Allergan stock was worth more than current values... We note CFO Jeff Edwards recent decision to retire from the company at age 53 for family reasons, and his replacement by an investor relations executive rather than an experienced public company CFO. The notion that Allergan should execute the largest acquisition in its history led by an investor relations executive is a frightening proposition. While we respect an executive’s need to retire from a company for family reasons, Edwards exit also calls into question the company’s forward earnings guidance which shareholders expected him to execute on when the Company presented these projections on July 21st. I had expected that at some point one or more directors would have woken up and smelled the coffee. There is still time for a subset of directors to rescue their reputations by taking over leadership of this process from David Pyott and his handpicked advisors and doing what you are paid $400,000 per year to do on behalf of the company’s owners."
10:18 EDTACTDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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07:55 EDTNVSOphthotech earlier than expected Novartis payment positive, says Oppenheimer
After Ophthotech (OPHT) received a $50M Phase 3 enrollment payment from Novartis (NVS) earlier than expected, Oppenheimer thinks the payment highlights an underappreciated stock driver for Opthotech, and demonstrates that recent suggestions of Phase 3 enrollment timelines possibly slipping are unwarranted. The firm believes the company is executing well on the Fovista Phase 3 program and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:42 EDTAGNLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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September 8, 2014
09:27 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds a luncheon meeting with a conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz provides an update on key trends and controversies for marketed MS therapies and discusses new data presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS at a Luncheon Meeting with an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held in Boston on September 11 at 12:15 pm.
08:38 EDTNVSMerus Labs acquires Sintrom from Novartis
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07:33 EDTNVSOphthotech achieves $50M milestone under ex-agreement with Novartis for Fovista
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07:21 EDTAGNJazz looks more attractive for Allergan than Salix, says Wells Fargo
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