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January 14, 2014
10:25 EDTCVD, CVD, EBS, EBS, CI, CI, BSX, BSX, BMY, BMY, AMGN, AMGN, ABT, ABT, HNT, HNT, SHPG, SHPG, REGN, REGN, PDCO, PDCO, VRTX, VRTXJPMorgan to host a conference
32nd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 13-16 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 14 at 10:30 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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March 18, 2015
05:39 EDTBSXSt. Jude Medical downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded St. Jude Medical (STJ) to Market Perform saying competitive pressures will drive 2015 market share losses in the company's cardiac rhythm management business, which represents 50% of total sales. Wells believes the launch of CardioMEMS will not be strong enough to offset the headwinds in CRM unit. The firm thinks Boston Scientific's (BSX) earlier than expected approval for its next generation subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator called Emblem will drive share gains against St. Jude and Medtronic (MDT) in the single chamber ICD market. Wells cut its price target range for St. Jude shares to $69-$70 from $73-$74. The medical technology company closed yesterday down $2.01 to $65.45.
March 17, 2015
16:13 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces FDA, CE Mark approval of EMBLEM S-ICD system
Boston Scientific has received FDA and CE Mark approval of the EMBLEM Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator, or S-ICD, system. The EMBLEM S-ICD System is a treatment option that provides protection for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, yet leaves the heart and vasculature untouched, minimizing the risk of complications associated with conventional transvenous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. A controlled and limited market release has begun in a small number of European centers with a broad European launch scheduled for May and subsequent U.S. launch planned for the third quarter of 2015.
16:11 EDTAMGNAmgen to present 10 abstracts from dermatology portfolio
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10:49 EDTPDCOPatterson Companies raises quarterly dividend 10% to 22c per share
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March 16, 2015
13:16 EDTBSXAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
09:22 EDTBSXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:52 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold a conference call
Conference call to provide an update from the 73rd Annual Meeting of AAD will be held on March 23 at 3 pm. Webcast Link
08:35 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold a conference call
Executive Vice President of R&D, Sean Harper, discusses Amgen's cardiovascular program, including the Repatha data currently being presented at the American College of Cardiology's Scientific Session & Expo, on a conference call to be held on March 16 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
08:23 EDTREGN, AMGNPCSK9 data continues to impress, says Leerink
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07:32 EDTEBSEmergent BioSolutions signs agreements with GSK, Oxford University, NIAID
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07:25 EDTBSXBoston Scientific Watchman indication 'very favorable,' says Bernstein
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07:16 EDTREGNRegeneron Sanofi dupilumab drug can generate $6B+ in revenue, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that dupilumab, a drug made by Regeneron and Sanofi, has shown strong efficacy in patients with severe atopic dermatitis. The firm notes that the drug is currently in pivotal trials involving patients with severe levels of other common diseases. The firm thinks the drug can generate $1.5B of revenue by 2018 and $3.8B by 2020. Bernstein keeps a $500 price target and Outperform rating on Regeneron.
06:57 EDTAMGNAmgen clinical data very positive, says RBC Capital
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06:40 EDTREGN, AMGNPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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March 15, 2015
14:16 EDTABTAbbott announces 'favorable' data from MitraClip study
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13:11 EDTAMGNAmgen publishes safety analysis of Repatha in New England Journal of Medicine
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13:04 EDTREGNSanofi, Regeneron announce publication of results of ODYSSEY long term trial
Sanofi (SNY) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) today announced that 18-month results of a Phase 3 trial of Praluent, alirocumab, an investigational therapy, involving 2,341 high risk patients with hypercholesterolemia were published online in The New England Journal of Medicine. In the ODYSSEY LONG TERM trial, Praluent 150 mg every two weeks reduced low-density lipoprotein cholesterol by an additional 62% at week 24 when compared to placebo, the primary efficacy endpoint of the study, with consistent LDL-C lowering maintained over 78 weeks."These results demonstrated the durable efficacy for Praluent when added to maximally-tolerated statin therapy and further reinforce its generally consistent safety profile," said Jennifer Robinson, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Prevention Intervention Center, Professor, Departments of Epidemiology & Medicine, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. "Additionally, the post hoc analysis of major cardiovascular events represents an important finding for Praluent -- we look forward to results from the ongoing ODYSSEY OUTCOMES trial, which is prospectively evaluating the potential of Praluent to reduce cardiovascular events."
12:53 EDTAMGNAmgen announces new data from study of Repatha in combination with statins
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March 13, 2015
18:57 EDTBSXBoston Scientific receives FDA approval for WATCHMAN device
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11:19 EDTVRTXBioMarin rallies amid positive call on DMD drug timeline, takeover rumor
The shares of drug maker BioMarin (BMRN) are climbing after research firm Jefferies quoted a regulatory expert as saying that the company's drisapersen drug has a good chance of being approved on an accelerated basis by the FDA. Drisapersen is a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or DMD. WHAT'S NEW: "There is a strong possibility" that the FDA will grant accelerated approval to drisapersen because there is currently no approved drug for the treatment of DMD, Jefferies analyst Eun Yang quoted the expert as saying. The expert is also optimistic about the outlook for accelerated approval because she had a good experience working with BioMarin while she was with the FDA and because BioMarin has a favorable track record with the FDA, according to Yang. There is a 60% chance that drisapersen will be approved by the end of this year and the stock can rise to $155, versus its current level of about $121.50, if that does occur, the analyst stated. Yang's price target on the stock increased to $135 from $125 and the analyst kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca (AZN) has been rumored to be interested in buying BioMarin for $175 per share in cash, British newspaper Daily Mail reported. , Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer wrote in a note to investors this morning that BioMarin, along with Vertex (VRTX) and Incyte (INCY), have a "clear path" to joining the group of companies with market caps of over $10B projected to deliver greater than 20% EPS CAGR, which the analyst identified as a set of criteria that has previously pointed to companies that make good potential takeover targets. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, BioMarin climbed nearly 4% to $120.
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