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June 3, 2014
11:57 EDTAZN, CLVSClovis tumbles after Citi calls competing drug superior
Shares of cancer drug developer Clovis (CLVS) are tumbling after Citigroup wrote that the company's CO-1686 drug looks inferior to a competing product, AstraZeneca's (AZN) AZD9291. WHAT'S NEW: After analyzing data from AstraZeneca's treatment for certain non-small cell lung cancer patients, AZD9291, Citigroup analyst Yaron Weber wrote that the drug looks better than CO-1686, a competing offering from Clovis. Previous concerns about AZD9291's cardiovascular side effects were unfounded, as it has not shown any cardiotoxicity signals in pre-clinical or human studies, and only a few patients with certain heart problems have been excluded from taking the drug as a standard precaution, the analyst wrote. Meanwhile, AZD9291, unlike CO-1686, does not occasionally produce increases in QTc, Weber indicated. QTc increases can be associated with heart problems that can cause sudden death. AstraZeneca's drug also, unlike CO-1686, does not produce hyperglycemia in some patients, and it can be taken once a day, the analyst indicated. Overall, AZD9291 has "a cleaner profile," according to Weber. The analyst cut his rating on Clovis to Neutral from Buy and slashed his target on the name to $53 from $109. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Clovis CEO Pat Mahaffay told analysts on Saturday night that "three or four" lung cancer patients in the company's ongoing phase I/II study of CO-1686 were taking insulin to control high blood sugar, The Street's Adam Feuerstein reported. The drug is "turning patients into diabetics," Feuerstein warned. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Clovis tumbled 17% to $39.50, while AstraZeneca lost 1% to $72.50.
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August 19, 2014
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.
August 18, 2014
07:57 EDTAZNCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 14, 2014
12:01 EDTAZNThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
August 13, 2014
08:31 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says Phase 3 trials of lesinurad for gout met primary endpoints
AstraZeneca announced top-line results from CLEAR1, CLEAR2 and CRYSTAL, the pivotal Phase III clinical trials investigating the potential of lesinurad, a selective uric acid re-absorption inhibitor, as a combination therapy for the treatment of patients with symptomatic gout. Lesinurad is an investigational agent that inhibits the URAT1 transporter, increasing uric acid excretion and thereby lowering serum uric acid. In the CLEAR1 and CLEAR2 trials, both lesinurad 200mg and 400mg in combination with allopurinol met the primary endpoint, with a statistically significant higher proportion of patients reaching the target sUA goal of <6.0mg/dL at month 6 compared to allopurinol alone. In the CRYSTAL trial, lesinurad 400mg in combination with febuxostat met the primary endpoint, with a statistically significant higher proportion of patients reaching the target sUA goal of <5.0mg/dL at month 6 compared to febuxostat alone. Although lesinurad 200mg did not achieve statistical significance at month 6, this dose in combination with febuxostat, was superior to placebo plus febuxostat at all other time points. Results from these Phase III clinical trials will be submitted to a scientific meeting later in 2014. The company is proceeding with preparation of regulatory submissions for lesinurad 200mg combination therapy.
August 12, 2014
05:58 EDTAZNStocks with implied volatility movement; P AZN
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August 8, 2014
06:44 EDTCLVSClovis October volatility elevated into updates
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06:39 EDTCLVSClovis price target raised to $100 from $87 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Clovis shares to $100 saying the company's clinical development programs are progressing well, with strong enrollment indicated for rociletinib and rucaparib trials. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
August 7, 2014
06:13 EDTAZNDynavax says AZD1419 Phase 1 study met secondary endpoints
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August 6, 2014
09:19 EDTAZNShire, AstraZeneca, Smith & Nephew slump amid inversion fears, FT says
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