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May 21, 2014
11:09 EDTBMY, ABBV, MRK, GILDGilead 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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November 11, 2014
15:43 EDTMRK, BMYLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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11:35 EDTGILDUBS holds a conference call with Gilead Sciences
UBS Biotech Analyst Roden, along with Dr. Bischofberger of Gilead Sciences, discuss the recently-held AASLD Meeting and the outlook of several GILD pipeline programs on a conference call to be held on November 13 at 4:30 pm.
09:37 EDTMRKActive equity options trading
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09:06 EDTABBVAbbVie announces positive results from chronic hepatitis C patients study
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09:04 EDTABBVEnanta announces results from TURQUOISE-I, CORAL-I studies
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08:13 EDTABBVAbbVie announces positive results from Phase 2b study PEARL-I
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08:11 EDTABBVEnanta announces rseults from Phase 2b PEARL-I study
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08:10 EDTMRKMerck reports results from Phase 2 study of Grazoprevir/Elbasvir
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08:07 EDTGILDGilead announces results from Phase 2 and 3 studies evaluating Harvoni
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08:05 EDTGILDGilead announces data from Phase 2 Sofosbuvir plus GS-5816 studies
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:53 EDTBMYCredit Suisse to hold a conference
Healthcare Conference is being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 10-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTMRK, GILDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTMRK, GILDGilead rises after Merck presents data on HCV combo
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07:20 EDTGILD, MRKGilead overhang from Merck HCV combo removed, says Wells Fargo
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November 9, 2014
18:58 EDTMRKMerck presents interim data from C-SWIFT study
Merck announced the presentation of interim data from the C-SWIFT study exploring the potential of a candidate triple-therapy regimen consisting of the fixed-dose combination of grazoprevir/elbasvir , the company’s investigational NS3/4A protease inhibitor and NS5A inhibitor, in combination with sofosbuvir, a nucleotide inhibitor for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus, HCV, infection. Preliminary findings in treatment-naïve HCV genotype 1- infected non-cirrhotic patients, following six and four weeks of treatment, and patients with cirrhotic disease, following eight and six weeks of treatment, will be presented by Dr. Eric Lawitz, vice president, scientific and research development, The Texas Liver Institute, San Antonio, TX and C-SWIFT lead investigator. This poster presentation is part of a late-breaking abstract session at the 65th American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, AASLD, Annual Meeting, also known as The Liver Meeting. “These interim data provide a compelling proof-of-concept for the potential of an eight- or six-week triple therapy course in treatment-naive patients with genotype 1 disease, including cirrhotic patients,” said Dr. Lawitz. “These findings will inform the design of larger studies aimed at understanding the potential of short-duration triple therapy across multiple patient types.”
15:45 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces daclatasvir data from the UNITY trial program
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12:40 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces data from ALLY trial investigating daclatasvir
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11:45 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces data from the UNITY trial program
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