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August 20, 2014
10:53 EDTVRX, SLXP, AGNAnalysts say Salix takeover would boost Allergan
Acquiring Salix (SLXP) would be a positive move for Allergan (AGN), two research firms indicated in notes to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: After The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that Allergan had approached Salix and at least one other drug maker about a possible takeover as it fends off Valeantís (VRX) hostile buyout attempt, William Blair analyst Tim Lugo wrote that a merger between Allergan and Salix would produce a "very attractive" combined company. Salix would provide Allergan with significant growth, according to Lugo. The regulatory risk of Salix's treatment for Iiritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea has been reduced as a result of positive data on the drug, the analyst stated. Moreover, a combination of Allergan and Salix would have "more obvious value" next year than a combination of Allergan and Valeant, Lugo believes. Salix provides more growth opportunities for Allergan than Valeant, Lugo wrote. Allergan could bid around $192 per share for Salix, according to the analyst, who kept Outperform ratings on both Allergan and Salix. Meanwhile, analysts at Wells Fargo believe that a largely debt financed acquisition of Salix by Allergan could boost Allergan's earnings by 8% in 2015 and 2016, and 11%-12% in 2017-2018. Including share repurchases, the deal could increase Allergan's 2016 earnings per share outlook to $11 from $10, the firm believes. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, following rallies yesterday, Salix fell 3.5% to $155 and Allergan lost 0.5% to $161.
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April 27, 2015
06:19 EDTVRXPharmceutical companies buy drugs and raises prices, WSJ reports
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April 24, 2015
09:18 EDTVRXValeant and Progenics' Relistor eceives positive opinion from EMA
Valeant (VRX) and Progenics (PGNX) announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending a new indication for Relistor Subcutaneous Injection for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation when response to laxative therapy has not been sufficient in adult patients, aged 18 years and older. Additionally, the Committee has recommended a one-year extension of data/marketing protection for Relistor, to 11 years from the date of approval.

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