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February 14, 2013
12:15 EDTMYL, AZNAstraZeneca wins appeal to block generic Seroquel XR from Mylan, others
After a New Jersey district court ruled last March that AstraZeneca's (AZN) formulation patent protecting Seroquel XR extended release tablets was valid, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court's ruling today. The lower court had also ruled that Anchen Pharmaceuticals, Osmotica Pharmaceutical, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Mylan Pharmaceuticals (MYL) have infringed the Seroquel XR formulation patent, which expires in 2017. Reference Link
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May 28, 2015
09:24 EDTMYLJefferies sees Pharma M&A continuing, lists 22 possible targets
Jefferies analyst David Steinberg believes the M&A wave in the Pharmaceuticals space that began in 2005 can continue as the key drivers remain largely intact. In a note titled "Who is Next? The Feeding Frenzy in Specialty Pharmaceuticals," Steinberg sees deals continuing amid cheap debt, the push for lower corporate taxes and investors rewarding many acquirers for their transactions. He points out there are now around 100 publicly traded Specialty Pharmaceutical companies following the recent life sciences IPO boom. Potential takeover targets, according to Steinberg, include Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Perrigo (PRGO), Zoetis (ZTS), Mallinckrodt (MNK), Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), United Therapeutics (UTHR), Pacira (PCRX), Indivior, Insys Therapeutics (INSY), The Medicines Co. (MDCO), Depomed (DEPO), Spectrum (SPPI), KYTHERA (KYTH), Revance (RVNC), XenoPort (XNPT), Mylan (MYL), Akorn (AKRX), Impax (IPXL), Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH), Anacor (ANAC) and BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI).
09:10 EDTAZNAbbVie initiates study of Imbruvica for lymphoma
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06:11 EDTMYLTeva takes 1.35% stake in Mylan, says 'ready to meet' on deal
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May 27, 2015
12:10 EDTMYLTeva to sweeten offer for Mylan before July shareholder vote, NY Post says
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May 26, 2015
09:23 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up marginally after reporting third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Geeknet (GKNT), up 119.7% after being acquired by Hot Topic for $17.50 per share... IntelliPharmaCeutics (IPCI), up 16.8% after being granted fast track designation for Rexista Oxycodone by FDA... McDermott (MDR), up 9.2% after favorable mention in Barron's and after being awarded a project for 12 jackets offshore Saudi Arabia... Time Warner Cable (TWC), up 5.2% following announcement of merger with Charter (CHTR)... Charter is up fractionally. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sky-mobi (MOBI), down 7.9%. ALSO LOWER: Etsy (ETSY), down 5.7% following a Wall Street Journal report that Amazon.com (AMZN) is targeting Etsy with an artisan goods marketplace... First Solar (FSLR), down 4.1% after being downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... AstraZeneca (AZN), down 1.9% after Amgen (AMGN) ends participation in co-development and commercialization of brodalumab... Amgen is down 1.5%.
May 25, 2015
13:56 EDTMYLMylan responds to claims of EPS forecasting by Perrigo
Mylan (MYL) announced that it was asked by the Irish Takeover Panel to issue the following clarification and retraction in accordance with the Irish takeover rules, relating to its firm intention to make an offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO). The clarification and retraction relates to certain forward-looking statements made by Mylan specifically during the "pendency of the offer" period concerning its long-stated target since 2012 of at least $6.00 in adjusted EPS by 2018. Subsequent to Mylan's May 5 earnings release, Perrigo submitted a complaint to the Irish Takeover Panel alleging that the reference to Mylan's $6.00 long-term target should be treated as a forward-looking profit forecast statement. Although Mylan's adjusted EPS goal has been a stated long-term target, and not a forecast of Mylan, at least during the offer period as it pertains to the Perrigo transaction, Mylan will no longer refer to that 2018 target or any other forward looking statements beyond 2015 that could constitute profit forecasts.
May 22, 2015
16:24 EDTAZNAmgen to end participation in co-development and commercialization of brodalumab
Amgen (AMGN) announced the company has commenced termination of its participation in the co-development and commercialization of brodalumab with AstraZeneca (AZN). Brodalumab, an investigational IL-17 inhibitor, is in development for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and axial spondyloarthritis. The decision was based on events of suicidal ideation and behavior in the brodalumab program, which Amgen believes likely would necessitate restrictive labeling. After Amgen transitions the program to AstraZeneca, future decisions on the clinical development and submission of marketing applications for brodalumab will be at the sole discretion of AstraZeneca for all territories, except for certain Asian territories, including Japan, where Kyowa Hakko Kirin has rights to brodalumab. Amgen has decided to focus its efforts and resources on other key molecules that address unmet medical needs and deliver value to patients and shareholders. The Company continues to make progress against its strategic and financial commitments and does not expect any meaningful impact from this decision on its ability to meet them.
10:52 EDTAZNJPMorgan says Actavis shares cheap compared to peers
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May 21, 2015
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.
May 19, 2015
15:05 EDTAZNArdelyx scheduled for end Phase 2 meeting with FDA scheduled in June
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06:08 EDTMYLPerrigo CEO says would talk with Mylan, but at a higher price, Globes reports
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May 18, 2015
12:07 EDTMYLPerrigo: there is price point where would engage with Mylan, Bloomberg reports
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07:22 EDTMYLUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 18 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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
14:51 EDTMYLMylan ANDA for generic version of Lexapro approved by FDA
The ANDA from Mylan (MYL) for a generic version of Escitalopram Oxalate, which is sold under the trade name Lexapro by Actavis' (ACT) Forest Labs, was approved by the FDA on May 14, according to a post to the regulator's site. Reference Link
09:31 EDTMYL, AZNAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
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