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March 25, 2013
04:55 EDTCTRX, CTRX, AET, AET, ESRX, ESRX, AVNR, AVNR, VVUS, VVUS, CVS, CVSPharmaceutical Care Management Association to host a summit
PBM Summit is being held in Las Vegas on March 25-26.
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April 21, 2014
14:24 EDTCVSCVS wants price competition to Gilead's hepatitis C drug, Bloomberg says
CVS said it may try to slow uptake of Gilead's new hepatitis C drug, which costs $1,000 per pill. Bloomberg cites an interview with CVS's CMO Troy Brennan.
09:47 EDTESRXExpress Scripts' TriCare contract renewal removes an overhang, says UBS
UBS said Express Scripts successful renewal of the TriCare/Department of Defense PBM contract removes an overhang and should contribute 25c-30c to 2014 earnings. The firm expects shares to react positively and reiterates its Buy rating and $72 price target.
09:38 EDTESRXExpress Scripts TRICARE contract removes key overhang, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the Express Scripts retaining the Department of Defense's TRICARE Pharmacy Program contract removes a key overhang on the stock and validates the company's business model. Citi reiterates a Buy rating on Express Scripts with a $92 price target.
April 19, 2014
18:41 EDTESRXExpress Scripts awarded 7-year TRICARE Pharmacy Program contract
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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTAETOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:51 EDTAETHealth insurers slide after UnitedHealth results, cautious comments
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after the largest company in the sector, UnitedHealth (UNH), reported slightly higher than expected first quarter profit but lower than expected revenue. WHAT'S NEW: UnitedHealth's first quarter earnings per share came in at $1.10, versus the consensus outlook of $1.09. The insurer reported revenue of $31.71B, compared with the consensus outlook of $31.99B. Taxes levied by the Affordable Care Act and weak funding of Medicare Advantage by the government weighed on UnitedHealth's earnings, the company stated. Also pushing down the company's earnings was "a very expensive," new Hepatitis C therapy, UnitedHealth stated on its earnings conference call. Hepatitis C treatments cost UnitedHealth hundreds of millions of dollars in the first quarter, the company stated, though it also noted that demand for the treatments should drop going forward as initial pent-up demand for them starts to decline. The company indicated that it was looking to be reimbursed by states for the money it is spending on hepatitis vaccines for Medicaid patients. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth reiterated its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance of $5.40-$5.60 and its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance of $128B-$129B. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, UnitedHealth sank 3.7% to $75.31. Other health insurers also declined, with WellPoint (WLP) dropping 4% to $91.89, Aetna (AET) falling 3.3% to $67.54, Humana (HUM) declining 2.25% to $106.35, and Health Net (HNT) sliding 1% to $31.74.
April 16, 2014
10:08 EDTAETUnitedHealth retreats after Citi cuts rating on shares
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April 15, 2014
10:00 EDTCTRXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:20 EDTCTRXCatamaran upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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06:32 EDTAETPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
15:02 EDTCTRXCatamaran Mat volatility increases, shares near two-year low
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08:02 EDTCTRXCatamaran recent sell-off overdone, says Jefferies
Jefferies views the recent sell-off in shares of Catamaran as overdone. The firm attributes the move to concerns about the company's ability to meet Q1 consensus and win new contracts. Jefferies expects Catamaran shares to bounce back to the mid-$40s soon after the Q1 report and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
April 11, 2014
10:05 EDTAETAetna, Tenet form accountable care collaboration in San Antonio
Aetna (AET), Tenet’s (THC) Baptist Health System and HealthTexas Medical Group announced an accountable care collaboration and the introduction of the Aetna Whole Health product in the San Antonio area. The health plans, designed for fully insured customers with employees who live or work in Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall counties, will be available on July 1.
07:06 EDTVVUSVIVUS announces avanafil clinical data presentation
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April 10, 2014
14:27 EDTCTRXCatamaran sell-off overdone, says UBS
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11:23 EDTCVSRite Aid hits 52-week high after results, sales view top estimates
Shares of retail drugstore Rite Aid (RAD) are rallying after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 revenue outlook topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Rite Aid reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 10c and revenue of $6.6B, compared to expectations of 4c and $6.54B, respectively. Q4 same store sales increased 2.1%. Rite Aid forecast FY15 EPS of 31c-42c, compared to the consensus of 35c. FY15 revenue was seen at $26B-$26.5B, ahead of the consensus $25.75B. FY15 same-store sales are expected by the company to be up 2.5%-4.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Rite Aid also announced it has acquired RediClinic, which currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Rite Aid CEO John Standley said, “Our recent acquisitions of Health Dialog and RediClinic, our expanded partnership with McKesson and our continued commitment to investing in our store base have positioned us to transition our strategy from turnaround to growth as we more aggressively pursue opportunities to become a growing retail healthcare company.” PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rite Aid rose 71c, or about 11%, to $7.11 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $7.39. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 300% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retail drugstore operators include Walgreen Company (WAG) and CVS Caremark (CVS).
09:23 EDTCTRXCatamaran channel checks cautious, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Catamaran checks indicate client frustration with customer service and implementation issues. The firm sees downside to 2014 estimates from higher expenses, system upgrades and potential to pay performance guarantees.
April 9, 2014
11:43 EDTESRXGilead defended by analysts after recent pullback
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08:41 EDTESRXAttack on Gilead Sovaldi by Express Scripts 'noise,' says Maxim
After Bloomberg reported that Express Scripts (ESRX) said that it would attempt to build a coalition against the use of Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi once a rival drug is approved, Maxim views Express Scripts' statement as "noise." The firm says that Sovaldi is not the most expensive HCV drug, and reiterates its view that Sovaldi provides "compelling" value, when including the cost of failure rates in a cost/benefit analysis. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Gilead.
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