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March 28, 2014
06:57 EDTRHHBY, NVS, PFE, SNY, MRK, JNJ, GSK, BMY, LLY, AZNBaxter spin-off to encourage others to follow suit, Reuters columnist says
After Baxter said that it would separate its biotech and medical products units, a Reuters columnist says that Baxter's shareholders will benefit from the move. As a result, other large drug companies will be more likely to split their companies, the columnist contended. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Reference Link
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November 16, 2015
05:57 EDTAZNAstraZeneca urges UK for antibiotics investment shake-up, Financial Time says
AstraZeneca has urged the U.K. government to develop a new model for incentivizing investment in antibiotics, reports the Financial Times. In a letter to the Financial Times, the company said it has joined other "leading voices" in the life sciences sectory to implore Britain to go ahead with a new system rather than waiting for an international agreement. The company said a new payment model was needed that would reward companies' investments but without encouraging the over-use of antibiotics. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
18:13 EDTPFEAllergan, Pfizer targeting late November merger deal, FT says
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15:19 EDTMRKMerck reports integrated analysis of six trials of elbasvir/grazoprevir
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15:15 EDTMRKMerck reports Phase 3 data on elbasvir/grazoprevir in patients injecting drugs
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November 13, 2015
13:57 EDTPFEAppeals court vacates decision invalidating Medicines Co. Angiomax patents
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11:12 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer profiting from Allergan deal, worth $50/share even without one
An acquisition of Allergan (AGN) by Pfizer (PFE) would increase the latter company's profits in 2016-2017 and lift its earnings by a large amount by 2019, wrote research firm Piper Jaffray in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: By 2019, an acquisition of Allergan would increase Pfizer's earnings per share by 13%-16%, estimated Piper analyst Richard Purkiss. The deal would be profitable for Pfizer as early as 2016, the analyst believes. Excluding any acquisition, Pfizer is worth over $50 per share, well above analysts' average price target of $40, Purkiss believes. He kept a $52 price target and Overweight rating on Pfizer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday dealReporter, noting that an acquisition of Allergan by Pfizer would be "a giant inversion deal," asserted that the U.S. Treasury could look to take steps to limit or discourage those types of transactions. On November 6, research firm Bernstein said that Allergan's strong results, coupled with the weakness of drug stocks, could cause Allergan to be reluctant to sell itself to Pfizer in the near-term. As a result, the firm thinks that the odds of a deal getting done may be lower than many believe. It kept a $385 price target and Outperform rating on Allergan. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pfizer rose fractionally to $33.47 and Allergan added 1.3% to $303.87.
10:18 EDTRHHBYRoche receives FDA approval for cobas EGFR mutation test
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09:37 EDTAZNClovis down 3% after FDA approves AstraZeneca lung cancer drug
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09:34 EDTRHHBY, AZNFDA approves Roche's cobas EGFR Mutation Test
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09:31 EDTAZNFDA approves AstraZeneca non-small cell lung cancer treatment
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08:02 EDTMRKMerck: DMC recommends anacetrapib study continue with no changes
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06:54 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer worth over $50/share on standalone basis
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November 12, 2015
17:02 EDTMRKMerck Animal Health to Acquire Harrisvaccines
Merck Animal Health and Harrisvaccines announced the companies have entered into an agreement under which Merck Animal Health will acquire Harrisvaccines, a privately-held company that develops, manufactures and sells vaccines for food production and companion animals. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The companies expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.
13:45 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan talks could set off further Treasury action, dealReporter says
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11:50 EDTRHHBYRoche to restructure manufacturing network for small molecules
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11:50 EDTMRKMerck issues statement regarding CUBICIN patent litigation
Merck issued the following statement regarding the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: "The decision validated the patent for CUBICIN that expires on June 15, 2016, but invalidated four patents with expiration dates in 2019 and 2020. The company is reviewing the decision and is considering its next steps, which may include seeking further review at the Federal Circuit or Supreme Court."
08:12 EDTLLYIncyte price target raised to $135 from $130 at Leerink
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08:08 EDTLLYEli Lilly target raised to $93 on baricitinib outlook at Leerink
Leerink analyst Seamus Fernandez raised his price target for Eli Lilly to $93 saying he views baricitinib as a best-in-class oral therapy for rheumatoid arthritis with a $3B market opportunity. The analyst expects baricitinib to "quickly replace" Pfizer's (PFE) Xeljanz and compete in the front line rheumatoid arthritis treatment setting with standard of care anti-TNF therapies. Fernandez reiterates an Outperform rating on Lilly after raising baricitinib sales forecast.
November 11, 2015
07:56 EDTNVS, SNY, PFE, JNJBoston Biotech Conferences to hold a conference
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05:40 EDTBMYFive Prime receives HSR clearance for collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers
Five Prime (FPRX) announced that the FTC has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Acts of 1976 in connection with the exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers (BMY) for the development and commercialization of Five Prime's colony stimulating factor 1 receptor antibody program, including FPA008. With the early termination of the applicable waiting period under the HSR Act, the collaboration agreement with BMS is effective as of November 10, 2015, and the related $350M upfront payment by BMS to Five Prime is due within 30 days of the effective date.
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