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May 21, 2014
11:09 EDTABBV, MRK, GILD, BMYGilead sees new pushback over price of hepatitis C drug
An insurance trade group harshly criticized Gilead (GILD) for charging too much for its hepatits C drug, while Florida has reportedly restricted the ability of Medicaid recipients to receive the drug. WHAT'S NEW: The price that Gilead is charging for its HCV treatment Sovaldi is "astronomical," America's Health Insurance Plans stated on its blog yesterday. The drug has shown "tremendous results" and is the "kind of medical innovation we need to sustain," but the price is not sustainable for consumers or society and is the result of Gilead taking "advantage of a lack of competition," according to the group, which represents the health insurance industry. Meanwhile, Florida has restricted the ability of Medicaid patients in the state to access Sovaldi, Bank of America Merrill Lynch reported in a note to investors earlier today. The firm wrote that Florida's decision supports its thesis that payers will increasingly limit access to expensive drugs. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In late March, shares of Gilead fell after three Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said they were concerned about the price the company is charging for Sovaldi. In a letter to Gilead's CEO, the House members stated that reports have indicated that Gilead plans to charge $84,000 per treatment for Sovaldi and that they were concerned that the drug would not be able to cure patients if it cannot be afforded. Sovaldi's costs are likely to be too high for many patients, including those with both public and private insurance, the lawmakers contended, adding that the FDA's decision to speed the approval of Sovaldi makes the high price of the drug even more problematic. They requested that the company provide more information about its methodology for determining Sovaldi's prices and they sought information about any discounts the company is providing to low income patients. Other companies that are developing HCV drugs include AbbVie (ABBV), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), and Merck (MRK). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Gilead rose 24c, or 0.3%, to $81.38. Over the last three months, Gilead shares are down about 1.5%.
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August 25, 2015
09:03 EDTABBVAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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07:38 EDTBMYBristol-Myers management to meet with Leerink
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August 24, 2015
13:36 EDTGILDBiotech correction presents some opportunities, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee said he won't try to pick the short-term bottom in biotech, but contends that any macro weakness in China shouldn't have any major impact to financials or fundamentals for the sector given their minimal exposure there. If the market continues to be volatile, Yee recommends a focus on names with defensive characteristics, such as higher margins and free cash flow yield, naming Amgen (AMGN), Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) as some examples. The analyst adds that he likes Vertex (VRTX) on the pullback for "more aggressive" growth investors. Yee has Outperform ratings on all of the stocks mentioned above.
09:45 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
08:16 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, Pfizer to present new data on Eliquis at ESC Congress 2015
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and Pfizer Inc. (PFE) announced that 22 abstracts will be presented at the ESC Congress 2015, to be held August 29 to September 2 in London, United Kingdom. The new data reinforce the Alliance's commitment to the ongoing evaluation of Eliquis in both the nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism patient populations. In addition, data from the AEGEAN study evaluating adherence among NVAF patients further extends the Alliance's commitment to patient care.
07:08 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTMRK, BMYBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
05:44 EDTMRKStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MRK
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August 20, 2015
16:34 EDTGILDGilead MAA for HIV regimen has been fully validated by EMA
Gilead Sciences announced that the company's Marketing Authorization Application, MAA, for an investigational, once-daily single tablet regimen that combines emtricitabine 200 mg, tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg and rilpivirine 25 mg has been fully validated and is now under evaluation by the European Medicines Agency, EMA. Emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide are marketed by Gilead Sciences and rilpivirine is marketed by Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The data included in the application support the use of R/F/TAF for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older. "With this validation, R/F/TAF is now the third TAF-based filing under review by the EMA as we advance a portfolio of new treatment options that may offer high efficacy and favorable safety profiles," said Norbert Bischofberger, PhD, Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer, Gilead Sciences. "The R/F/TAF filing also represents the next step in our collaboration with Janssen to develop HIV treatments that potentially meet the diverse needs of people living with HIV."
11:33 EDTMRKLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:38 EDTMRKMerck says to present new analyses from IMPROVE-IT study
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06:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces Canadian approval of Daklinza
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August 19, 2015
06:09 EDTABBVUnited Therapeutics agrees to sell PPRV to AbbVie for $350M
United Therapeutics (UTHR) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher, or PPRV, to a subsidiary of AbbVie (ABBV). United Therapeutics received the PPRV when Unituxin was approved by the FDA for the treatment of neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric disease. Upon closing of the transaction, United Therapeutics will receive $350M in cash in exchange for the PPRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases.
05:57 EDTABBVAbbVie implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
05:46 EDTBMYStocks with implied volatility movement; ESRX BMY
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August 18, 2015
12:13 EDTMRKMerck recalls Temodar, Temozolomide bottles with cracked caps
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08:03 EDTMRKMerck says FDA accepts sBLA for Keytruda
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07:22 EDTBMYBristol-Myers combo data could push shares above $70, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott says the risk/reward for shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb looks "very attractive" ahead of the World Conference on Lung Cancer, which begins September 6. Data at the conference supportive of an Opdivo/Yervoy combo would represent a clear catalyst for the shares, Schott tells investors in a research note. Bristol is "already extremely well-positioned" in the advanced non-small cell lung cancer market, and data suggesting that the company has addressed toxicity concerns with the combo could push the stock above $70, Schott argues. Bristol closed yesterday up 39c to $63.47. The analyst sees limited downside to stock even with disappointing results at the World Conference on Lung Cancer. He reiterates an Overweight rating on Bristol with a $75 price target.
August 17, 2015
08:43 EDTBMYBristol-Myers sells Ixempra to R-PHARM, terms not disclosed
R-PHARM announces the acquisition of Ixempra from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ixempra received marketing approval from the FDA in 2007 and in 18 other markets globally. Ixempra is indicated as monotherapy or in combination with capecitabine for the treatment of metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer in patients whose tumors are resistant or refractory to anthracyclines, taxanes, and capecitabine. With the acquisition, R-PHARM has launched its U.S. commercial operations, and it is now responsible for all activities surrounding Ixempra's manufacture, distribution, sales, and reimbursement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
August 14, 2015
17:17 EDTGILDPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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