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April 21, 2014
10:18 EDTAZN, PFEAnalysts differ on chances of Pfizer interest in AstraZeneca
Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN) are rallying after a newspaper reported that Pfizer (PFE) had considered acquiring the company. Two analysts disagreed on the chances of the report being accurate. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday the Sunday Times, a British newspaper, reported that Pfizer had sought to buy AstraZeneca for more than 60B British pounds, or around $100B. Recently the two companies have held informal talks, but AstraZeneca is resisting a deal, the newspaper stated, citing unnamed senior investment bankers and industry sources. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Citigroup analyst Andrew Baum wrote that Pfizer very likely did offer GBP60B for AstraZeneca, representing a premium of about 25% over its closing price on Thursday. Moreover, Pfizer is likely to try again to buy AstraZeneca, added the analyst. But the British company may try to merge with a third drug maker to defend itself against Pfizer's efforts, predicted Baum. An acquisition of AstraZeneca would be in-line with Pfizer's strategy and would be financially attractive for the U.S. drug maker, added Baum, who nonetheless kept a Neutral rating on AstraZeneca. Much less optimistic about the chances of a deal were analysts at research firm Bernstein. The analysts are "hard pressed" to believe that Pfizer was ever seriously interested in buying AstraZeneca, they wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The analysts do not believe that buying AstraZeneca dovetails with Pfizer's strategy. They kept a Market Perform rating on AstraZeneca. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, AstraZeneca rose $3.50, or 6%, to $67, while Pfizer gained 50c, or 1.5%, to $31.
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October 27, 2014
08:08 EDTPFEDURECT reports Pfizer to discontinue agreement with Pain Therapeutics
DURECT (DRRX) reported today that Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has notified Pain Therapeutics (PTIE) that Pfizer has decided to discontinue its agreement to develop and commercialize REMOXY Extended-Release Capsules CII, an investigational extended-release oral formulation of oxycodone. Pfizer will return all rights, including responsibility for regulatory activities, to Pain Therapeutics. As a result, Pain Therapeutics has the rights to develop and commercialize REMOXY on its own or with an alternative licensee. Pain Therapeutics had the rights to develop and commercialize this product candidate under a license from DURECT.
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer to discontinue agreement on REMOXY ER capsules CII
Pfizer Inc. (PFE) has notified Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTIE) that it has decided to discontinue its agreement to develop and commercialize REMOXY Extended-Release Capsules CII, an investigational extended-release oral formulation of oxycodone. Pfizer will return all rights, including responsibility for regulatory activities, to Pain Therapeutics, Inc. Pfizer has concluded an internal review of the top-line results of five recently completed clinical studies required to address the Complete Response Letter received in June 2011 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pfizer and Pain Therapeutics, Inc. will work together for an orderly transition of REMOXY to Pain Therapeutics, Inc. Pfizer will continue ongoing activities under the agreement for the next six months until the scheduled termination date. Pfizer supports the appropriate use of opioid pain medications, and believes that abuse-deterrent products are important to help address the growing public health problem of opioid abuse in the U.S.
07:29 EDTAZNWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon Pharma 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 27-29.
07:22 EDTAZN, PFEAmerican College of Chest Physicians to hold a conference
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October 24, 2014
06:49 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer repurchase could squash AstraZeneca bid goal, Reuters says
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October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTPFEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
18:18 EDTPFEGlenview Capital acquires stake in Actavis, Bloomberg reports
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16:17 EDTPFEPfizer announces new $11B share repurchase program
The board of directors also authorized a new $11B share repurchase program to be utilized over time. This new program is in addition to the $1.3B of authorization remaining under the company’s current share repurchase program.
08:15 EDTPFEPfizer wins SUTENT patent case In Delaware District Court
Pfizer (PFE) announced today that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware upheld its basic patent and the L-malate salt patent covering SUTENT capsules. This decision, which is subject to appeal, affirms Pfizer’s right to exclusively provide sunitinib malate as SUTENT to patients through the term of the patent, which expires in 2021. Pfizer filed suit in June 2010 after Mylan (MYL) applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market a generic version of SUTENT prior to the expiration of the patents covering sunitinib malate and its uses. After a four-day trial, the Court agreed that Mylan infringed the valid patents covering SUTENT.
October 22, 2014
07:35 EDTAZNCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
07:15 EDTPFE, AZNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:06 EDTPFEFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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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 – influenza virus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.
October 20, 2014
07:47 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer 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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07:15 EDTPFEAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to hold annual meeting
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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.
07:12 EDTPFECongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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07:11 EDTPFEAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
07:10 EDTPFEAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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