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May 21, 2014
11:09 EDTGILD, ABBV, BMY, MRKGilead 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 18, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
07:57 EDTMRK, BMYCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 15, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
10:01 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:18 EDTGILDGilead initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:12 EDTGILDGilead announced favorable ruling in arbitration against Roche
Gilead (GILD) announced that an arbitration panel determined that Roche (RHHBY) failed to establish any of their claims and ruled in favor of Gilead. As a result, Roche is not entitled to any damages or other relief. In March 2013, Roche initiated an arbitration against Gilead and Pharmasset, predecessor to Gilead Pharmasset, regarding a 2004 collaboration agreement between Roche and Pharmasset. In the arbitration demand, Roche asserted that it had an exclusive license to sofosbuvir pursuant to the collaboration agreement because sofosbuvir, a prodrug of a uridine monophosphate analog, is allegedly a prodrug of PSI-6130, a cytidine analog. Roche further claimed that, because it had exclusive rights to sofosbuvir, it also had an exclusive license to a patent covering sofosbuvir, and that we infringed that patent by selling and offering for sale products containing sofosbuvir.
August 14, 2014
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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August 13, 2014
18:02 EDTMRKMerck provides statement on role of PNEUMOVAX 23 in updated ACIP recommendations
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16:52 EDTMRKMerck confirms FDA approval of BELSOMRA
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15:30 EDTMRKFDA approves Belsomra sleep drug
The Food and Drug Administration approved Belsomra tablets for use as needed to treat difficulty in falling and staying asleep. Belsomra is an orexin receptor antagonist and is the first approved drug of this type. Belsomra will be dispensed with an FDA-approved patient Medication Guide that provides instructions for its use and important safety information. Belsomra is a controlled substance because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Belsomra is made by Merck, Sharpe & Dohme.
09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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August 11, 2014
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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07:29 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $110 from $90 at Argus
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August 8, 2014
10:03 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Hodgkin lymphoma treatment granted orphan drug status
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07:48 EDTABBVCredit Suisse remains a buyer of AbbVie
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August 7, 2014
11:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers enters development pact with Leica Biosystem
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August 6, 2014
12:59 EDTABBVCovidien drops as Treasury explores ways to stymie inversions
Shares of medical device and drug maker Covidien (COV) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that the Treasury Department is looking into ways of curtailing tax inversion deals. Covidien has agreed to be acquired by Medtronic (MDT) in a tax inversion deal. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. WHAT'S NEW: The Treasury Department is looking at options that would enable the Obama administration to curtail inversion deals without authorization from Congress, multiple media outlets reported last night and today. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that he believes that Medtronic would buy Covidien even if the transaction cannot be done as an inversion. At a conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis said that his company would "do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion," Biegelsen stated. If no inversion is possible, Medtronic would respond by using less of its stock and more debt to fund the transaction, the analyst believes. Such a change would actually cause Medtronic's cash earnings per share to be higher in the first and second year after the deal than under the current structure, the analyst indicated. He kept an Outperform rating on Medtronic. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Covidien dropped 2% to $84.50 and Medtronic fell 1% to $61.50. Meanwhile, drug maker Shire (SHPG), which has agreed to merge with its peer AbbVie (ABBV) in a tax inversion deal, is falling 4% to $236.
08:40 EDTABBVShire drops 5% with tax inversions in focus
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