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April 28, 2014
05:42 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca says Pfizer offer 'significantly undervalued' prospects
The board of AstraZeneca (AZN) notes the announcement by Pfizer (PFE) earlier today. The company said, "On 26 April 2014, Ian Read, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, contacted Leif Johansson, the Chairman of AstraZeneca for the first time since January 2014. In this discussion, the Chairman of Pfizer did not make a specific proposal regarding an offer to acquire AstraZeneca, but nevertheless Pfizer requested that both companies issue a joint statement, prior to the market open on 28 April 2014, announcing that they had entered into discussions regarding a combination. The Board of AstraZeneca considered this request and concluded that, absent a specific and attractive proposal, it was not appropriate to engage in discussions with Pfizer." On November 25, 2013, AstraZeneca said it received an initial contact from Ian Read on behalf of Pfizer, in which he proposed that the two companies discuss a combination. AstraZeneca said its Chairman "expressed confidence in AstraZeneca's prospects as an independent business." However, the company said it agreed to an exploratory meeting and subsequently met with Pfizer on January 5 in New York. At the meeting, Pfizer made a "preliminary and conditional proposal" regarding a possible offer for AstraZeneca. The proposal comprised GBP13.98 in cash and 1.758 Pfizer shares per AstraZeneca share, representing a value of GBP46.61 per AstraZeneca share, based on the closing price of Pfizer shares of $30.52 on January 3. The board of AstraZeneca concluded that the "Proposal very significantly undervalued AstraZeneca and its prospects." AstraZeneca said its board remains committed to executing the strategy announced in March 2013.
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September 14, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEPfizer shares look cheap, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer 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
September 10, 2014
15:21 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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September 8, 2014
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
07:15 EDTPFEIBC 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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September 4, 2014
17:15 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted orphan status for EFGR non-small cell lung cancer treatment
The FDA posted on its website that AstraZeneca has been granted orphan status for its treatment of epidermal growth factor receptor, or EFGR, mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Reference Link
16:05 EDTPFEPfizer granted orphan status for sickle cell disease drug
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07:23 EDTPFE, AZNAstraZeneca called for inversion clamp down as part of defense, WSJ says
Amid its defense against an unsolicited takeover bid from rival Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN) hired advisers with close ties to the Obama administration, who made calls to senior administration officials urging a clamp down on tax inversions, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the previously undisclosed calls. Reference Link
September 3, 2014
11:30 EDTPFEPfizer has conference call hosted by Bernstein
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05:44 EDTAZNTeva announces positive judgement in patent case against AstraZeneca
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September 2, 2014
06:45 EDTAZNAstraZeneca volatility elevated
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September 1, 2014
13:48 EDTPFEProtalix to host conference call
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11:34 EDTAZNBrookings Institution to hold a workshop
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