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June 12, 2014
07:44 EDTAZN, NKTR, SLXP, PGNXFDA Anesthetic & Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee holds a meeting
The Committee reviews opioid antagonists being developed for opioid induced constipation including Progenics' and Salix Pharmaceuticals' Subcutaneous RELISTOR and Nektar Therapeutics and AstraZeneca's Naloxegol in a meeting being held at FDA Silver Spring, Maryland offices on June 12 at 8 am. Webcast Link
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October 30, 2014
11:58 EDTAZNSanofi looked to AstraZeneca head regarding Viehbacher, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says FDA approves once-daily XIGDUO XR
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October 28, 2014
17:01 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory despite two disappointing economic data points and a mixed report from social media giant Twitter (TWTR). The market moved in a narrow range for the opening half hour of trading but gained upside momentum following a much better than expected consumer confidence reading. The market continued to tack on points throughout the afternoon and closed at its highs, led by the Nasdaq, which gained 1.75% for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders fell 1.3% in September, significantly undershooting expectations for them to have rise 0.7% in the month. The S&P Case-Shiller home price report showed prices were lower on a seasonally adjusted basis in the month of August compared to the prior month. A reading of consumer confidence surged to a seven-year high of 94.5 in October from a revised 89.0 final reading for September. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 6 points to 20 in October, beating expectations for it to have pulled back to 10. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) sunk $4.78, or 9.84%, to $43.78 after the social media company reported in-line profit and higher than expected Q3 revenue, but also reported a slowdown in user growth and provided weaker than expected Q4 guidance. Following last night's report, the stock was downgraded at RBC Capital, Nomura and Bank of America Merill Lynch to "Hold" or equivalent ratings, while Stifel lowered its rating on Twitter shares to Sell from Hold... Shares of Pfizer (PFE) edged up 6c, or 0.21%, to $29.09 after the pharmaceutical giant reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share and revenue that were a bit better than expected and narrowed its fiscal year profit outlook. Of note, Pfizer said during its earnings conference call that while proposed rule changes have made "inversions" more difficult, that meaningful value from inversion deals can still exists on a "case-by-case" basis. Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which was previously a target of Pfizer, gained 67c, or 0.95%, to $71.43 following Pfizer's comments. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Whirlpool (WHR), which advanced $10.66, or 6.77%, to $168.06, Cummins (CMI), which gained $9.22, or 6.81%, to $144.59, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which jumped $2.05, or 22.19%, to $11.29. Among the noteworthy losers was Kohlís (KSS), which dropped $3.89, or 6.64%, to $54.66 after the department store operatorís outlook for third quarter same store sales and fiscal 2014 profit missed expectations. Also lower were shares of Coach (COH), which fell $2.15, or 5.95%, to $34.00 after the luxury handbag and accessory maker reported sales declined 9% on a constant currency basis in its first quarter. INDEXES: The Dow rose 187.81, or 1.12%, to 17,005.75, the Nasdaq advanced 78.36, or 1.75%, to 4,564.29, and the S&P 500 gained 23.42, or 1.19%, to 1,985.05.
12:57 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:23 EDTAZNPfizer says still looking at deals based on strategic fit
Pfizer (PFE) said during its earnings conference call that uncertainty around future tax actions remain a concern, but that the company is still looking for M&A opportunities. Pfizer says proposed rule changes have made "inversions" more difficult, but that meaningful value from inversion deals can still exists on a "case-by-case" basis. Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which was previously a target of Pfizer, are up 1.3% to $71.69 as Pfizer's earnings conference call continues.
October 27, 2014
20:54 EDTAZNLeerink's major pharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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15:18 EDTAZNEarnings Preview: Pfizer looks to new products to offset generic competition
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07:29 EDTAZNWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon Pharma 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 27-29.
07:22 EDTAZNAmerican College of Chest Physicians to hold a conference
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October 24, 2014
06:49 EDTAZNPfizer repurchase could squash AstraZeneca bid goal, Reuters says
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October 23, 2014
18:18 EDTSLXPGlenview Capital acquires stake in Actavis, Bloomberg reports
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October 22, 2014
07:35 EDTAZNCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
07:15 EDTAZNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:07 EDTSLXPSalix to present results of TARGET 3 study with Rifaximin 550mg for IBS
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06:10 EDTAZNInovio, MedImmune, UPENN awarded $12.2M collaborative study by DARPA
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) announced the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has awarded $12.2M for a collaborative study that will be conducted by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Inovio Pharmaceuticals; and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN). The group will develop DNA-based monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, for infectious disease treatment. DARPA is an agency of the US Department of Defense that creates and supports novel technologies important for national security. Together, the three organizations will develop and assess the DNA mAbs in preclinical studies using technology developed by Penn and licensed by Inovio. The collaboration will focus on three disease areas Ė influenza virus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.
October 20, 2014
11:12 EDTNKTRNektar management to meet with Roth Capital
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08:19 EDTPGNXProgenics presents data from Phase 2 trial of 1404 PSMA imaging agent
Progenics Pharmaceuticals announced that data from a Phase 2 trial of its PSMA imaging agent candidate, 1404, have been presented at the 27th Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Congress being held in Gothenburg, Sweden. 1404 is a targeted small molecule designed to "visualize" prostate cancer by targeting prostate specific membrane antigen. "The Phase 2 data are quite impressive and demonstrate how SPECT/CT with 1404 may provide a more accurate assessment of the presence, location and extent of prostate cancer," said Dr. Dabasi. Gabriella Dabasi, Ph.D. presented, "1404 may provide prognostic information for both primary and metastatic disease in a single procedure, which could greatly enhance the clinical decision-making process. There is a strong rationale for continued development of this promising molecular imaging agent." In the Phase 2 trial, SPECT/CT imaging with 1404 showed 94% sensitivity in detecting and imaging cancer in the prostate gland of high-risk patients prior to prostatectomy. In addition, 1404 was more sensitive than MRI in detecting primary prostate cancer and was a good predictor of lymph node involvement at prostatectomy. SPECT/CT imaging with 1404 identified 14 more patients with suspicious lymph node sites than MRI. Uptake of 1404 in the lobes of the prostate gland showed a highly significant correlation with Gleason score. The data also showed uptake of 1404 in the primary tumor was significantly lower in treated patient, corresponding to a decrease in PSA over time observed in these treated patients.
07:47 EDTAZNPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:19 EDTAZNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAZNEuropean College of Neuropsychopharmacology to hold a conference
27th ECNP Congress is being held in Berlin, Germany on October 18-21.

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