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March 14, 2014
14:18 EDTCELGCelgene lower after U.K. draft guidance on Revlimid use
Shares of drug maker Celgene (CELG) are sinking after a U.K. guidance body refused, in a preliminary decision, to recommend expanded use of the company's Revlimid drug in the country. WHAT'S NEW: The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, or NICE, declined to recommend the use of Revlimid by multiple myeloma patients who had been treated one time with another drug, bortezomib. Instead, NICE will recommend that Revlimid only be given to patients who have received two or more prior therapies, the regulator stated. Celgene failed to present data comparing the effectiveness of Revlimid to other drugs, and it is unclear if Revlimid is as effective as giving patients a second round of bortezomib, NICE stated. Additionally, Celgene's own model showed that the drug would not be cost effective at this stage, NICE added. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Dr. Brian Abrahams wrote that the weakness in Celgene's stock today may also have been triggered by the scheduling of a hearing in a patent case on April 29, which was earlier than previously expected. However, the scheduling of the hearing was known two days ago, the analyst stated. The hearing could be important in judging how long Celgene will have exclusive rights to Revlimid, but the outcome will not be known for another year or more, the analyst believes. Abrahams also said the U.K.'s decision is not significant, since the country is more stringent than other nations in these matters. The country is likely to change its decision in the future, based on data from a study of Revlimid, according to the analyst. Abrahams recommended that investors buy Celgene shares on today's weakness and added the stock to the firm's Priority Stock List. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Celgene fell $5.44, or 3.5%, to $150.56.
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13:21 EDTCELGAlphabet, Celgene, others could rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
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November 20, 2015
10:52 EDTCELGFDA approves new oral medication to treat multiple myeloma
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November 17, 2015
08:22 EDTCELGSignificant Celgene overhang removed, says JMP Securities
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November 16, 2015
13:11 EDTCELGCelgene jumps 2% after defeating Kyle Bass patent challenge
Shares of Celgene moved higher after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declined to review a Revlimid patent expiring in 2019. The USPTO found that that Bass's Coalition for Affordable Drugs was unlikely to succeed, according to Bloomberg. Shares of Celgene are up 2%, or $1.64, to $190.13 in afternoon trading. The agency is reviewing two other patents on the drug.
13:08 EDTCELGCelgene defeats Bass challenege on Revlimid patent, Bloomberg reports
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