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February 11, 2013
06:38 EDTCOV, VRX, TEVA, WCRX, ENDPFidelity Investments wants an Endo Health Solution's sale, Bloomberg reports
Fidelity Investments, Endo Health Solutions's (ENDP) largest shareholder, wants a sale, sources say, reports Bloomberg. It may be the company's best hope at regaining investor confidence after losing more than $1B in market value, or to undo the acquisitions that built the company. Endo has the lowest valuation in the U.S. specialty pharmaceuticals industry, according to Bloomberg data. On average, analysts see Endo getting at least a 26% premium in a deal. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) or Covidien Plc (COV) could go after parts or all of Endo, according to Stifel Financial Corp. Gabelli & Co. said Endo could break up or sell its pain drugs to Warner Chilcott Plc (WCRX) or Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX). Reference Link
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April 17, 2014
08:38 EDTTEVATeva settles patent ligitigation with Pfizer on Celebrex
Teva (TEVA) announced that its subsidiary Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has entered into a settlement with Pfizer (PFE) related to Teva’s generic version of Celebrex 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules in the United States. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva may launch its generic versions in December 2014 or earlier under certain circumstances. Teva has received tentative approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for all strengths and believes that it is first-to-file on at least the 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules. Sales of Celebrex were $2.2B in the U.S. according to IMS data as of December, 2013.
April 16, 2014
10:27 EDTENDPEndo International says AMS unit received FDA warning letter
In a regulatory filing, Endo International disclosed that as previously reported in Endo Health Solutions's Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 3, in February 2014, the United States FDA conducted an inspection of the Minnetonka, Minnesota facility of American Medical Systems, AMS, a subsidiary of Endo International. Following such inspection, the FDA issued three observations on a Form 483 Notice of Inspectional Observations dated February 24. These observations, previously self-identified by AMS, were being addressed through a corrective action plan which AMS originally expected to complete beyond 2015. On April 14, AMS received a Warning Letter from the FDA, dated April 10. The Warning Letter relates to the same matters as identified in the Form 483 Notice. Specifically, the Warning Letter discusses observations related to process validation, risk analysis and corrective and preventive action procedures. The letter states that the corrective actions which AMS reviewed with the FDA on March 20, 2014 appear to be adequate, but it goes on to state that many of the actions have not yet been completed and will need to be validated in a follow-up inspection. AMS has 15 days to respond to the Warning Letter. AMS expects only limited related impact to its business at this time. The Minnetonka, Minnesota facility will continue to manufacture and ship products while AMS works with the FDA.
10:00 EDTTEVA, ENDPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A10 Networks (ATEN) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... BitAuto (BITA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Endo International (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Hertz (HTZ) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ImmunoGen (IMGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Impax (IPXL) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Imperva (IMPV) assumed with a Neutral at Wedbush... Ingredion (INGR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Lpath (LPTN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... MediWound (MDWD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Medivation (MDVN) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) assumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wipro (WIT) assumed with a Hold at Jefferies.
08:34 EDTVRXPiper Jaffray tech and biopharma analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Technical Analyst Johnson, along with BioPharma Analysts, discuss the recent downturn in the biotech and specialty pharmaceuticals industries on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 17 at 10 am.
07:19 EDTVRXValeant top pick in specialty pharmaceutical space, says Cantor
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07:03 EDTENDPEndo International initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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07:00 EDTTEVATeva initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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April 15, 2014
12:26 EDTTEVATeva announces launch of generic Lunesta tablets in U.S.
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09:23 EDTCOVBarclays medical supplies/devices analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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April 14, 2014
08:05 EDTCOVCovidien announces FDA 510(k) clearance for Kangaroo feeding tube
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April 11, 2014
11:42 EDTCOVCovidien liability from recall appears limited, says Brean Capital
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08:10 EDTCOVCovidien implements voluntary recall of devices
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April 8, 2014
08:46 EDTTEVATeva announces first approval, launch of generic Lovaza capsules in the U.S.
Teva (TEVA) announces the approval of the generic equivalent to Lovaza in the United States. Teva believes it is first-to-file and thus far is the only company to receive an approval from FDA. Teva plans to commence shipping immediately. Lovaza Capsules, marketed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had annual sales of approximately $1.1B in the United States, according to IMS data as of December 2013.
07:26 EDTCOVElsevier Business Intelligence to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTVRXDrug deals increase to new high, Bloomberg says
M&A activity in the specialty pharmaceuticals industry has reached a new high after Mallinckrodt (MNK) recently bought Questcor (QCOR) for $5.6B, reported Bloomberg. Drugmakers from Actavis (ACT) to Valeant (VRX) are widening their suites of drugs through takeovers that immediately increased earnings with the help of lower corporate tax rates in countries such as Ireland. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
14:09 EDTVRX, TEVASun Pharmaceutical agrees to acquire generic drugmaker Ranbaxy
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April 4, 2014
10:45 EDTTEVAMylan rises despite Meda rejecting takeover offer
Mylan (MYL) shares are higher this morning following a Financial Times report of its desire to buy Swedish rival Meda. Subsequent to the story being published, Meda confirmed it had been in talks with Mylan but rejected the company's takeover offer. WHAT'S NEW: The Financial Times reported that Mylan was considering buying Meda, a Swedish drugmaker, in a deal that would create a $23B+ pharmaceuticals business. Mylan reportedly hired advisers to put a deal together for Meda, and though the value of a deal was not noted, sources said Mylan was likely to pay a "significant" premium to Meda's market value, which was $4.5B at the end of trading on Thursday. Mylan's market value currently stands at $18.5B. A combination of the drugmakers would create a company with annual revenues of around $9B, the FT said, noting that would be half the size of generic drug rival Teva (TEVA). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Meda's board of directors confirmed that it was contacted by Mylan regarding a proposal to merge the companies, but the board decided to reject the proposal. Meda said all discussions between the company and Mylan have been terminated "without further actions." ANALYST REACTION: Citigroup upgraded Mylan to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target on the stock to $61 from $52 this morning. The firm cited potential operational and tax benefits from an acquisition of Meda, stating that in addition to expanding Mylan's geographic presence, the deal would increase its presence in specialty, OTC and branded generics. OTHER NEWS: Mylan sued Celgene (CELG) to block that company's efforts to keep generic versions of Revlimid and Thalomid off the market, Reuters reported. PRICE ACTION: Mylan shares are up $2.98, or 5.98%, to $52.84 in mid-morning trading.

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