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March 27, 2014
07:14 EDTABBV, MRK, GILD, BMYGilead can defend Sovaldi pricing, says RW Baird
After a letter from Democratic congressmen questioned the pricing of Gilead's (GILD) HCV treatment, Sovaldi, RW Baird believes that the company can answer the questions regarding the drug's value. The firm thinks that drugs expected to be offered by Gilead in the future will be even more defensible. Meanwhile, after reviewing abstracts recently, RW Baird believes that the most important players in the HCV space remain Gilead and AbbVie (ABBV), followed by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and Merck (MRK). RW Baird keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
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November 17, 2014
11:55 EDTMRKMerck says IMPROVE-IT study met all primary, secondary endpoints
Merck announced that the investigational IMPROVE-IT study met its primary and all secondary composite efficacy endpoints. In IMPROVE-IT, patients taking the LDL-cholesterol-lowering medicine VYTORIN which combines simvastatin with the non-statin ZETIA -- experienced significantly fewer major cardiovascular events than patients treated with simvastatin alone. The results from this 18,144-patient study of high-risk patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes were presented today during the late-breaking clinical trials session at the American Heart Association 2014 Scientific Sessions. Merck plans to submit the data from IMPROVE-IT to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in mid-2015 to support a new indication for reduction of major cardiovascular events for VYTORIN and ZETIA. VYTORIN and ZETIA are currently indicated for use along with a healthy diet to reduce elevated LDL cholesterol in patients with hyperlipidemia. The current U.S. Prescribing Information for both products states that the effect of ezetimibe on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, alone or incremental to statin therapy, has not been determined.
11:06 EDTGILD, BMYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:24 EDTABBVAbbVie to present data on investigational oncology compounds at ASH
AbbVie announced it will present data evaluating three investigational compounds from the company's oncology pipeline at the upcoming 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, or ASH, December 6-9. Data will be highlighted in 13 accepted abstracts, including several oral presentations detailing new trial results from the venetoclax program in acute myelogenous leukemia, elotuzumab in multiple myeloma, and duvelisib in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Meeting abstracts are available at the ASH website, the company said.
08:34 EDTMRKMerck says IMPROVE-IT met primary endpoint
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08:13 EDTBMYPortola, Bristol-Myers, Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA-A studies
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08:10 EDTBMYBristol-Myers presents results from Phase IIIb AVERT trial at ACR
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced results of several new sub-analyses of the Phase IIIb AVERT trial that investigated the use of Orencia plus methotrexate in biologic and MTX-nave citrullinated protein-positive early moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis patients. These data were presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology 2014 annual meeting. Orencia is currently indicated in adults for moderate to severe RA. Orencia should not be administered with tumor necrosis factor antagonists and should not be used with other biologic RA drugs. One of the analyses looked at anti-CCP antibodies, which are a marker of RA and may contribute to disease progression. The analysis assessed the development of anti-CCP antibodies in patients with early rapidly progressing RA by measuring isotypes and the number of epitopes recognized after treatment with Orencia plus MTX, Orencia alone, or MTX alone. Results demonstrated Orencia plus MTX numerically reduced the concentrations of all CCP isotypes and the average number of epitopes recognized over one year of treatment more than Orencia alone or MTX alone. Over 12 months of treatment, 6.7 percent, 12.1 percent, and 7.8 percent of patients on Orencia plus MTX, Orencia alone, and MTX alone, respectively, experienced a serious adverse event and 1.7 percent, 4.3 percent and 2.6 percent led to discontinuation. Serious infections were observed in 0.8 percent of patients in the combination arm and 3.4 percent in the Orencia monotherapy arm. None of the patients in the MTX alone arm experienced a serious infection. Malignancies were reported in 0.8 percent, 1.7 percent, and 0 percent of patients in the Orencia + MTX, Orencia, and MTX arms, respectively. Additionally at ACR, investigators presented 12-month efficacy data from AVERT, including new results assessing the effect of Orencia on more clinically stringent remission criteria than DAS-defined remission, as well as new MRI data. Significantly more patients on Orencia plus MTX achieved the stringent clinical endpoint of Boolean-defined remission at 12 months.
November 16, 2014
13:26 EDTMRKMerck: KEYTRUDA showed superiority to chemotherapy for primary endpoint of PFS
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13:07 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces results from CheckMate -066 study
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November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTABBVPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTABBVSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTABBVAbbVie presents ABT-414 study, will initiate randomized phase 2 trial of ABT-414
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14:53 EDTMRK, ABBV, BMY, GILDCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies 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). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
11:48 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD BBY
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11:46 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with an Underperform at Sterne Agee... Carter's (CRI) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Container Store (TCS) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Genuine Parts (GPC) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... National Oilwell (NOV) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at UBS... NeoStem (NBS) assumed with a Buy at Maxim... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Teekay Tankers (TNK) initiated with a Buy at UBS... The Buckle (BKE) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... TriMas (TRS) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TriplePoint Venture (TPVG) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... USD Partners (USDP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with a Buy at BB&T.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:14 EDTABBV, BMYAmerican College of Rheumatology is holding a meeting
2014 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is being held in Boston on November 14-19.
06:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers to construct biologics manufacturing facility in Ireland
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05:46 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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