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April 29, 2014
07:59 EDTAMGN, ABBV, AZN, PFE, SNYAnalyst sees Amgen, AbbVie as alternate Astra partners, Bloomberg says
Citigroup analyst Andrew Baum contended yesterday that AstraZeneca (AZN) could seek a merger of equals with Amgen (AMGN) or AbbVie (ABBV) as an alternative to the deal proposed by Pfizer (PFE), or that others like Sanofi (SNY) could make rival unsolicited bids, reported Bloomberg. Note that a later Bloomberg report claimed that Amgen is not interested in making a bid for AstraZeneca. Reference Link
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August 22, 2014
14:19 EDTPFEViiV Healthcare receives FDA approval for HIV-1 treatment Triumeq
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12:39 EDTSNYThese five companies will benefit from increased ALS awareness, MarketWatch says
A recent surge in funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, caused by the Ice Bucket challenge that is widespread on social media outlets, will benefit five pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the development of a cure for ALS, according to MarketWatch. The companies that are or have been involved in developing a treatment for ALS include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS), Sanofi (SNY), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), MarketWatch added. Reference Link
10:07 EDTAZNOptions with increasing implied volatility: ORPH EXAS AZN
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05:19 EDTAZNStocks with implied volatility movement; JRJC AZN
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August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTABBVDEA restricts painkiller drug prescriptions to curb abuse, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, will reclassify hydrocodone combination painkiller drugs and place them in the category of medical substances that have the highest potential for harm in an attempt to curb the widespread abuse of the drugs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rescheduling of the drugs will take effect in 45 days and result in people being able to obtain the drug for only 90 days without obtaining a new prescription. Major manufacturers of these drugs include Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), Mallinckrodt (MNK), AbbVie (ABBV), and Actavis (ACT). Reference Link
13:32 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce approval of Eliquis for treatment of DVT, PE
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09:54 EDTPFE, AZNPotential Pfizer, AstraZeneca deal seen around year-end, Reuters says
Investors and analysts see Pfizer (PFE) making another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN) around year-end, even though talks between the two can resume on August 26 per British takeover rules, Reuters reports. Reference Link
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer initiates U.S. EAP for palbociclib.
Pfizer announced that the company has initiated a multi-center, open-label expanded access program in the U.S. for palbociclib. Through the program, palbociclib is being made available for use in combination with letrozole for post-menopausal women with hormone receptor positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer for whom letrozole is considered appropriate therapy.
07:57 EDTABBVGilead HCV risks overblown, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that investors are concerned about upcoming competition to Gilead's (GILD) HCV drug from AbbVie's (ABBV) HCV treatment. But Bernstein says that insurers can only prevent 16% of the U.S. population from receiving Gilead's drug, and the firm does not expect the HCV market share dynamics to change in the near-term. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
07:55 EDTPFEActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
05:42 EDTSNY, AZNIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 20, 2014
08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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August 19, 2014
16:46 EDTSNYFDA approves Genzyme Cerdelga capsules
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07:01 EDTAZNDOJ closes investigation into PLATO Brilinta clinical trial, plans no action
AstraZeneca today announced that it has received confirmation from the United States Department of Justice that it is closing its investigation into PLATO, a clinical trial with BRILINTA tablets. The government is not planning any further action. Pascal Soriot, CEO, said: “We welcome the Department of Justice’s decision not to pursue further action. We have always had absolute confidence in the integrity of the PLATO trial and we are proud of the important benefit BRILINTA offers to patients around the world suffering from acute coronary syndrome. As one of AstraZeneca’s growth platforms, we remain committed to delivering the full potential of this important medicine.” As part of our continued commitment to advancing the science behind cardiovascular medicine, AstraZeneca has initiated a clinical trial program for BRILINTA, its largest program involving more than 80,000 patients worldwide.
05:11 EDTAMGNGamida Cell announces investment, option agreement with Novartis
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August 18, 2014
17:25 EDTAMGNAmgen announces AMG 416 study met its primary and all secondary endpoints
Amgen announced that a second placebo-controlled Phase 3 study evaluating AMG 416 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism, SHPT, in patients with chronic kidney disease,CKD, receiving hemodialysis, met its primary and all secondary endpoints. "The results from this second Phase 3 study help to confirm that AMG 416 could become an important new treatment option for dialysis patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "Despite the variety of options available for the treatment of this disease, an unmet need remains for an intravenous therapy that can be administered along with hemodialysis. We look forward to sharing results of a head-to-head study evaluating AMG 416 compared to cinacalcet next year."
11:41 EDTPFECubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces submission of Palbociclib NDA to FDA
Pfizer announced it has completed the submission of a New Drug Application to the United States Food and Drug Administration for palbociclib. This NDA requests FDA approval of palbociclib, in combination with letrozole, for the treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer who have not received previous systemic treatment for their advanced disease. The submission is based on the final results of PALOMA-1, a randomized, Phase 2 trial comparing palbociclib plus letrozole versus letrozole alone in this population of patients. Palbociclib received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA in April 2013, for the first-line systemic treatment of women with advanced or metastatic ER+, HER2- breast cancer. This designation was based on interim data from the PALOMA-1 trial. The FDA has a 60-day filing review period to determine whether the NDA is complete and acceptable for filing. Pfizer will communicate the Agency’s decision.
07:57 EDTAZN, PFECambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
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