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June 11, 2014
17:19 EDTAMGN, AZNAmgen says Phase 2 study of brodalumab met primary endpoint
Amgen (AMGN) and AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that results from a Phase 2 study evaluating brodalumab in 168 patients with psoriatic arthritis were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. These data will also be presented at the 2014 European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress in Paris on June 14.. Brodalumab is the only investigational treatment in development that binds to the interleukin-17 receptor and inhibits inflammatory signaling by blocking the binding of several IL-17 ligands to the receptor. The IL-17 pathway plays a central role in inducing and promoting inflammatory disease processes. The study showed that treatment with brodalumab significantly improved signs and clinical symptoms associated with the disease, including tender and swollen joints, at 12 weeks as measured by a 20% improvement in the American College of Rheumatology response criteria. The study also showed that many patients continued to improve, and that the improvements were sustained, through the first 52 weeks of the study reported in NEJM. The study achieved its primary endpoint with both doses of brodalumab exhibiting superiority to placebo in ACR20 responses at week 12. These responses continued to improve through 24 weeks and were sustained through the first 52 weeks of the study.1 ACR response criteria are a measure of improvement in tender and swollen joints, as well as patient and physician global assessments of disease activity, pain, disability and inflammatory markers. A 20% improvement from baseline in ACR response rates is known as ACR20, a 50% improvement from baseline is known as ACR50 and a 70% improvement from baseline is known as ACR70.
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May 21, 2015
14:48 EDTAMGNRegeneron primary driver remains Praluent, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted that Regeneron (REGN) shares are at all-time highs after the company and partner Sanofi reported Phase IIb data on Dupilumab and Phase III data on Sarilumab. However, the firm believes the primary driver for Regeneron remains Praluent and firm expects launch costs to outstrip sales growth. Piper acknowledges Regeneron has "one of the richest pipelines in all of biotech," but it sees risk around Amgen's (AMGN) patent suit and keeps its Neutral rating and $484 price target on the stock.
12:40 EDTAZNHayman's Bass requests review of POZEN patents
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10:58 EDTAZNDeutsche Bank biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:37 EDTAZNPfizer replaces AbbVie as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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May 20, 2015
11:51 EDTAZNExpress Scripts' Medco to pay $7.9M to resolve kickback allegations
Medco Health Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX), of Missouri, has agreed to pay the government $7.9M to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme in violation of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced. Medco provides pharmacy benefit management services to clients who receive subsidies under the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy program. The settlement resolves allegations that Medco solicited remuneration from AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, in exchange for identifying Nexium as the “sole and exclusive” proton pump inhibitor on certain of Medco’s prescription drug lists known as formularies. The United States alleged that Medco received some or all of the remuneration from AstraZeneca in the form of reduced prices on the following AstraZeneca drugs: Prilosec, Toprol XL and Plendil. The United States contended that this kickback arrangement between Medco and AstraZeneca (AZN) violated the Federal Anti-Kickback statute, and thereby caused the submission of false or fraudulent claims for Nexium to the Retiree Drug Subsidy Program. In January 2015, the United States and AstraZeneca reached a $7.9M settlement to resolve kickback allegations arising out of the same conduct. This civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provision of the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens with knowledge of false claims to bring civil actions on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery. The lawsuit was filed by former AstraZeneca employees Paul DiMattia and F. Folger Tuggle, whose share of the settlement has not been determined. The settlement with Medco was the result of a coordinated effort among the Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Delaware and HHS-OIG.
09:52 EDTAMGNAlliance for Health Reform holds a webcast on biosimilars
"Biosimilars in the U.S.: Current & Emerging Issues" provides essential background on the U.S. and international markets for reference biologics and biosimilars, outline current policy and regulatory issues, and describe implications for the future. Speakers include Chief Scientific Officer Ramachandra from Hospira, Executive Director Eich from Amgen on the briefing being held on May 20 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
May 19, 2015
15:05 EDTAZNArdelyx scheduled for end Phase 2 meeting with FDA scheduled in June
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08:57 EDTAMGNLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:51 EDTAMGNFDA PDUFA Date for Amgen's Blinatumomab is May 19, 2015
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May 18, 2015
06:13 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to invest $285M in new biologics manufacturing facility in Sweden
AstraZeneca announced that it plans to invest approximately $285M in a new high-tech facility for manufacturing of biological medicines in Södertälje, Sweden. The new plant will be focused on filling and packaging of protein therapeutics. It is anticipated that the new facility will supply medicines for clinical trial programs of AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s global biologics research and development arm, from the end of 2018, and will deliver finished products for commercial use once fully operational by 2019. Södertälje is currently home to AstraZeneca’s largest global tablets and capsules manufacturing facility and is also a launch platform site for the company, with specialist capabilities on-site that allow large-scale production of new medicines, working closely with the research and development organisation. By locating the new manufacturing plant in Södertälje, the company will combine its expertise in biologics with the well-established culture of operational excellence that exists within the Sweden Operations unit. The planned investment will, subject to relevant approvals by the local authorities, create between 150 and 250 highly skilled new roles at AstraZeneca by 2019. The new manufacturing facility in Sweden will support the progression of drug candidates across the main therapy areas and be aligned with investments being made in the current biologics manufacturing centers, such as the expansion in Frederick, Maryland, announced in November.
May 17, 2015
15:49 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Movantik shows 'similar' adverse event rate vs. placebo
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May 15, 2015
12:13 EDTAMGNThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
09:31 EDTAZNAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
05:32 EDTAMGNAmgen presents first Phase 2 data for AMG 334
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May 14, 2015
10:41 EDTAMGNAnalysts upbeat on Amgen's Kyprolis after ASCO abstracts
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09:22 EDTAZNLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:44 EDTAMGNInternational Headache Society to hold a conference
17th Congress of the International Headache Society is being held in Valencia, Spain on May 14-17.
05:52 EDTAZNMizuho expects CAR T stocks to be volatile after ASCO abstract
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May 13, 2015
17:24 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to update progress with immuno-oncology pipeline at ASCO
AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s global biologics research and development arm, will demonstrate rapid progress with their combination-focused oncology pipeline at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, Annual Meeting, May 29-June 2. 61 scientific abstracts will be presented at the meeting, reinforcing the significant progress in immuno-oncology through combination therapies and innovative companion diagnostics.
17:17 EDTAMGNAmgen to present key results in solid tumor, hematologic malignancy treatments
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