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May 12, 2014
09:10 EDTSNY, NVS, JNJ, GSK, AGNAllergan CEO says 'rumor mill' inconsistent with company history of discreteness
Allergan CEO suggests "rumors" in the market regarding the company and its potential M&A plans may start outside of the company and may come from those that have an "interest" in spreading such rumors. Note that Bloomberg previously reported, citing sources, that Allergan has so far been rejected by companies including Sanofi (SNY) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and the news service quoted one source as having said that Allergan also contacted GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Novartis (NVS).
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September 1, 2015
07:34 EDTGSKAdaptimmune expands trial of T-cell therapy for synovial sarcoma
Adaptimmune Therapeutics (ADAP) announced that the first patient has been dosed in its expanded Phase I/II trial of its affinity enhanced T-cell receptor therapeutic targeting the NY-ESO-1 cancer antigen in synovial sarcoma patients. Based on encouraging results in the first cohort of 10 patients, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in April 2015, the trial is being expanded to encompass an additional 20 patients in two further cohorts. The expansion of Adaptimmune's trial also triggers two milestone payments from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Adaptimmune is collaborating with GSK for the development of its NY-ESO TCR program through a strategic cancer immunotherapy partnership announced in June 2014. Under the terms of the agreement, GSK has an exclusive option to license Adaptimmune's NY-ESO TCR therapeutic and upon exercise would assume full responsibility for further development and commercialization of the therapeutic. Adaptimmune's clinical study includes synovial sarcoma patients who have received standard first line therapy containing ifosfamide and/or doxorubicin and who are intolerant or no longer responding to the regimen, and whose tumor expresses a tumor antigen known as NY-ESO-1. The NY-ESO-1 antigen is believed to be present in 60 to 70 percent of synovial sarcoma patients.The primary objectives of the study are to determine the safety of adoptively transferred autologous T cells expressing an affinity enhanced T cell receptor that recognizes the NY-ESO-1 antigen in HLA-A*0201, HLA-A*0205, and/or HLA-A*0206 positive patients with unresectable, metastatic or recurrent synovial sarcoma. Secondary objectives include the determination of efficacy through response rate and duration of response.
August 31, 2015
09:07 EDTSNYSanofi, Google Life Sciences to collaborate to improve diabetes health outcomes
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08:04 EDTAGNAllergan completes Nuarex acquisition
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07:39 EDTAGNCiti calls Allergan a 'stock to own,' keeps $360 target
Citi analyst Liav Abraham calls Allergan a "stock to own" given its "attractive" organic growth profile, pipeline potential and ability to do more acquisitions. He reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $360 price target.
06:35 EDTSNYAlnylam price target raised to $184 from $180 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff raised his price target for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) to $184 saying the company over the weekend reported positive Phase I data on ALN-PCS showing LDL-cholesterol lowering comparable to Amgen (AMGN) and Sanofi/Regeneron's (REGN) anti-PCSK9 antibodies, but with only quarterly or potentially every 6-month injections. Tenthoff recommends using the recent pullback in shares of Alnylam as a buying opportunity and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
August 30, 2015
15:50 EDTSNYAlnylam, The Medicines Co. say ALN-PCSsc reduces LDL cholesterol as much as 83%
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August 28, 2015
09:50 EDTAGNAllergan plans for generic version of Endo's Fortesta blocked, Bloomberg reports
A judge upheld Endo's (ENDP) patents on Fortesta expiring in 2018 and blocked Allergan's (AGN) bid to launch a generic version of the testosterone gel, according to Bloomberg.
08:01 EDTSNYAmgen pricing for Repatha competitive with Praluent, says Piper Jaffray
After the FDA announced last night that it has approved Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha injection, Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said that the drug's indications seem "generally in line" with those for Praluent from Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY). Amgen disclosed an annual WAC of $14,100 for Repatha, which the analyst notes is about $500 per year below Praluent, but Schimmer said that the actual recognized price for each will ultimately be determined by discounting. Schimmer also noted that Amgen said it is working with payers and other purchasers on "innovative pricing programs," though he is uncertain if that means the company is working on a kind of "pay per performance" scheme. The analyst, who believes the market will prove large enough for both treatments, keeps a $200 price target and Overweight rating on Amgen shares.
05:32 EDTNVSNovartis renews pledge with WHO to end leprosy
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August 27, 2015
19:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to open shared services headquarters in Florida
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19:14 EDTSNYExpress Scripts to cover both Repatha, Praluent for now, Bloomberg says
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August 26, 2015
17:06 EDTGSKGilead AMBITION study results published in New England Journal of Medicine
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced detailed results from the AMBITION study. In AMBITION, conducted in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), combination therapy with Letairis and tadalafil reduced the risk of clinical failure by 50% compared to the pooled Letairis and tadalafil monotherapy arm. These data were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Letairis, a selective endothelin type-A receptor antagonist, and tadalafil, a PDE5 inhibitor, are each approved in the United States, the European Union and other countries as once-daily treatments for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension with WHO/NYHA functional class II and III symptoms. Letairis is indicated in the U.S. to improve exercise ability and delay clinical worsening and in the EU under the tradename Volibris to improve exercise capacity. Tadalafil 40 mg is indicated in the U.S. and the EU to improve exercise ability and capacity, respectively. Preclinical data have suggested these therapies may have synergistic effects. However, combination use with Letairis and tadalafil is currently not approved.
August 25, 2015
15:02 EDTNVSMylan says USPTO institutes IPR of two Copaxone patents
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13:01 EDTJNJJ&J unit to sell Splenda brand to Heartland Food, terms not disclosed
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09:03 EDTJNJAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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08:14 EDTAGNAllergan multiple is low, says Leerink
Leerink predicts that Allergan's 2016 EPS will come in at $17-$18. The firm thinks the company has "durable revenue streams," and a "deep pipeline with several potential blockbuster candidates." Leerink adds that the company "has significant capacity for M&A." It keeps a $388 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:18 EDTJNJSears names Lynn Pendergrass as Hardlines president
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August 24, 2015
13:15 EDTNVS, GSKFDA expands use of Novartis' Promacta to include children ages 1 and older
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) announced that the FDA has approved an expanded use for Promacta, a Novartis (NVS) product, to include children 1 year of age and older with chronic immune thrombocytopenia who have had an insufficient response to corticosteroids, immunoglobulins or splenectomy. Promacta was acquired by Novartis in March from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Promacta was discovered as a result of research collaboration between GSK and Ligand Pharmaceuticals and was developed by GSK. The updated label also includes a new oral suspension formulation of Promacta that is designed for younger children who may not be able to swallow tablets. Promacta was approved by the FDA as a tablet formulation in June 2015 for children 6 years of age and older and in 2008 for use in adult patients with the same condition. The label expansion of Promacta was based on data from two double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, including the largest Phase 3 clinical trial in this patient population. Treatment with Promacta significantly increased and sustained platelet counts among pediatric patients with chronic ITP with an insufficient response to prior chronic ITP therapies, and some patients taking concomitant ITP medications were able to reduce or discontinue their use of these medications, primarily corticosteroids. Promacta should be used only in those whose degree of thrombocytopenia and clinical condition increase the risk for bleeding.
12:11 EDTNVSNovartis announces FDA approves expanded use for Promacta
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08:37 EDTAGNAllergan recalls certain lots of REFRESH, FML, Blephamide treatments
Allergan announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall down to consumer level of specific lots of its REFRESH Lacri-Lube 3.5g and 7g for dry eye, REFRESH P.M. 3.5g for dry eye, FML 0.1%, and Blephamide 10%/0.2% sterile topical ophthalmic ointment combining an antibacterial and a corticosteroid, 3.5g. Allergan chose to initiate this recall based on a small number of customer complaints which reported a small black particle at the time of use. Allergan has informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of this voluntary recall. Allergan is contacting retailers and wholesalers who have been shipped affected product lots to initiate the recall and is informing them of the steps needed to return affected product.
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