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August 4, 2014
04:55 EDTAZN, AZN, AZN, GSK, GSK, GSK, CRL, CRL, CRL, NVS, NVS, NVS, STE, STE, STE, AMGN, AMGN, AMGN, MRK, MRK, MRKCBI to hold a conference
Annual Microbiology Week to be held in Philadelphia on August 4-6.
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTAZNPfizer CEO says company still open to inversion deal, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) CEO Ian Read said U.S. rhetoric against tax inversions has been "political theater" ahead of midterm elections and made clear that his company is still open to a potential tax-saving acquisition, according to Financial Times, which added Read's comment about not being “held hostage” over price would likely be read as a signal the company might look elsewhere after being rebuffed by AstraZeneca (AZN). The Fly notes that Bloomberg previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Pfizer is looking at targets other than AstraZeneca, including Actavis (ACT). Shares of Actavis trading in New York are up 2% this morning. Reference Link
07:14 EDTAMGNAmerican Society for Bone & Mineral Research holds annual meeting
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05:18 EDTNVSNovartis announces new data confirms high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving NEDA
Novartis announced new analyses presented at the Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, USA, which confirmed the high efficacy of Gilenya in achieving 'no evidence of disease activity', or NEDA, in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, or RRMS, across four key disease measures - relapses, MRI lesions, brain shrinkage and disability progression. Specifically, patients taking Gilenya had a more than four-times greater likelihood of achieving NEDA across these four key measures. NEDA is currently defined as having no relapses, MRI lesions and disability progression. These new analyses from the phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials reinforce the value of including brain shrinkage to the definition of NEDA. The inclusion of brain shrinkage into the NEDA definition would allow physicians to obtain a more complete assessment of a patient's disease, including the underlying damage in MS.
September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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15:21 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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09:58 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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05:17 EDTNVSNovartis Gilenya data confirms reducing brain shrinkage matter for MS patients
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September 9, 2014
07:55 EDTNVSOphthotech earlier than expected Novartis payment positive, says Oppenheimer
After Ophthotech (OPHT) received a $50M Phase 3 enrollment payment from Novartis (NVS) earlier than expected, Oppenheimer thinks the payment highlights an underappreciated stock driver for Opthotech, and demonstrates that recent suggestions of Phase 3 enrollment timelines possibly slipping are unwarranted. The firm believes the company is executing well on the Fovista Phase 3 program and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:25 EDTGSKDocuments show DOJ probed GSK China unit in 2012, Reuters says
Internal documents revealed that a U.S. anti-bribery investigation into GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) touched on the firm's Chinese consumer healthcare division two years ago, which infers that the company's compliance issues in the country could be broader than initially discovered, according to Reuters, citing the documents. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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14:13 EDTAZNConnecticut AG tells FDA to speed up generic Nexium
A news release from the Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, dated September 4, says: In comments to a Citizen Petition filed with the FDA, Attorney General George Jepsen called on the federal agency to expeditiously end several years of delays preventing the sale of a generic form of the drug esomeprazole magnesium , esomeprazole, currently marketed under the brand name Nexium. Nexium is the second highest-selling pharmaceutical drug in the United States, and delays in approving generic versions have cost consumers and government healthcare payers billions of dollars. In his comments, Attorney General Jepsen alleges that an agreement between drug manufacturers Ranbaxy (RBXLY) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZN), Nexium’s brand-name manufacturer, has prevented other drug-makers from launching a generic version of the drug, ultimately harming all consumers by artificially inflating prices. Ranbaxy was first-to-file with the FDA for approval of a generic form of Nexium. AstraZeneca sued Ranbaxy for patent infringement, and the dispute was settled by an agreement that provided financial incentives for Ranbaxy to delay entry of its generic into the consumer market. Reference Link
09:27 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds a luncheon meeting with a conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz provides an update on key trends and controversies for marketed MS therapies and discusses new data presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS at a Luncheon Meeting with an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held in Boston on September 11 at 12:15 pm.
08:48 EDTGSKGilead announces AMBITION study results in collaboration with Glaxo
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08:38 EDTNVSMerus Labs acquires Sintrom from Novartis
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07:33 EDTNVSOphthotech achieves $50M milestone under ex-agreement with Novartis for Fovista
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07:15 EDTAMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
07:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca announces availability of Bydureon pen 2mg
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06:49 EDTAMGNAmgen shares to trend higher, price target to $150 at RBC Capital
RBC expects shares of Amgen to trend higher due to evolving sentiment around the 2015 pipeline and low multiple. Some investors want a break-up of the company to increase shareholder value but the analyst does not expect it to occur given the concentrated portfolio, tax reasons, and a commercial infrastructure that can not be split off. Shares are Outperform rated with a $150 price target, raised from $135.
September 7, 2014
17:15 EDTNVSNovartis presents new data on once-daily Ultibro Breezhaler
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13:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline Ebola vaccine works in tests on monkeys, Bloomberg says
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