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February 14, 2013
05:55 EDTDVA, DVA, WLP, WLP, MCK, MCK, CI, CI, BMY, BMY, MDT, MDT, COV, COV, BAYRY, BAYRY, EPOC, EPOC, AET, AET, AGN, AGN, HUM, HUM, BDX, BDXWharton School of Business to host a conference
19th Annual Wharton Healthcare Business Conference is being held in Philadelphia on February 14-15.
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March 17, 2015
08:58 EDTAGNActavis says will 'immediately begin implementing' integration plans
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08:57 EDTAGNActavis completes acquisition of Allergan
Actavis plc (ACT) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Allergan (AGN) in a cash and equity transaction valued at approximately $70.5B. The combination creates one of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies by sales revenue, with combined annual pro forma revenues of more than $23B anticipated in 2015. Actavis continues to expect the transaction to generate double-digit accretion to non-GAAP earnings within the first 12 months, including approximately $1.8B in operating and financial synergies to be realized within one year following the close. These synergies exclude any additional revenue or manufacturing synergies, and are in addition to the $475M of annual savings previously announced by Allergan in connection with Project Endurance. Actavis further expects to generate strong operating cash flow in excess of $8B in 2016, which would enable the company to rapidly de-lever the balance sheet.
08:56 EDTAGNActavis completes Allergan acquisition valued at $70.5B
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March 16, 2015
18:38 EDTAGNAmerican Airlines to replace Allergan in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
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17:19 EDTAGNAmerican Airlines to replace Allergan in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
13:16 EDTMDTAnalysts 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.
10:22 EDTAGNEuropean Commission clears Actavis' pending acquisition of Allergan
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09:04 EDTHUMHumana announcse completion of $500M accelerated share repurchase program
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07:30 EDTMDTAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:22 EDTMDTMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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March 15, 2015
15:27 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils data from high risk study of the CoreValve U.S. pivotal trial
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15:23 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils preclinical outcomes of its novel Drug-Filled Stent
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15:20 EDTMDTMedtronic announces outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System
Medtronic announced initial clinical outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System. At 30-days, the new recapturable, self-expanding valve showed no incidents of all-cause mortality or stroke in a high and extreme risk patient population. Data from the Evolut R Study, which enrolled 60 patients from six centers in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, were unveiled today at the 64th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology. The CoreValve Evolut R System is not approved for commercial use in the United States where it is currently undergoing clinical trials. "Initial clinical experience with the Evolut R system is remarkable and ushers in a new era of TAVR technology that provides increased confidence with recapturability, excellent procedural results, and impressive clinical outcomes," said Ian Meredith, M.D., of Monash Heart - Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia, who is one of the investigators of the study. "The 14 French equivalent delivery system allowed transfemoral access for most patients and the recapturable technology enabled implanters to optimize valve placement for improved annular sealing and reduced conduction disturbances without compromise on mortality or stroke."
March 13, 2015
14:01 EDTBDXBecton Dickinson acquisition of CareFusion gets European Commission clearance
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March 12, 2015
20:34 EDTBDXBecton Dickinson has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Weinstein will host a conference call with CEO Vince Forlenza on March 20 at 11 am.
15:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces FDA acceptance of NDA for daclatasvir
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced that the resubmitted new drug application, or NDA, for daclatasvir, an investigational NS5A replication complex inhibitor, has been accepted for review by the FDA for use in combination with sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, or HCV, genotype 3. The original NDA has been amended to include data from the Phase III ALLY-3 trial, which showed high cure rates for the combination, with sustained virologic response 12 weeks after treatment in 90% of treatment-naïve and 86% of treatment-experienced genotype 3 HCV patients. SVR12 rates were higher in non-cirrhotic genotype 3 patients, regardless of treatment history. The FDA will now review the submission within a six-month timeframe.
12:49 EDTBMYWHO recommends tenofovir or entecavir for hepatitis B treatment
The World Health Organization issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. Its recommended medicines consist of Gilead's (GILD) tenofovir or Bristol-Myers' (BMY) entecavir. Teva (TEVA) has FDA approval for generic entecavir.
09:32 EDTMDTMedtronic announces start of Resolute Onyx studies in U.S.
Medtronic announced the start of its Resolute Onyx Clinical Program in the United States, which will evaluate the Resolute Onyx drug-eluting stent in patients who have coronary artery disease. Included in the first phase of the study are patients with small vessels that would require a 2.0 mm stent, which until now, often were untreatable with a DES. Core sizes of the stent will be studied separately.
09:03 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $115 from $103 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Aetna after the company's Q4 membership growth exceeded its prior targets. The firm thinks the company will deliver sustained membership and revenue growth in 2015. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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