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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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January 13, 2015
08:09 EDTBMYBristol-Myers price target raised to $72 from $66 at Leerink
Leerink raised its price target for Bristol-Myers to $72 saying the earlier stop of the Opdivo trial affirms the drug's potential survival benefits across multiple cancers. Leerink says it now has increased confidence in positive readouts for Bristol's upcoming survival studies in non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer and kidney cancer. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:08 EDTMRKEli Lilly, Merck enter collaborationa greement to evaluate Keytruda, compounds
Merck (MRK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced an oncology clinical trial collaboration to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of KEYTRUDA, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in combination with Lilly compounds in multiple clinical trials: Merck will conduct a Phase 2 study examining the combination of pembrolizumab with pemetrexed in first-line non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer. This study is currently enrolling. Lilly will conduct a multiple-arm Phase 1/2 study examining the combination of ramucirumab with pembrolizumab in multiple tumors. This study is anticipated to begin in 2015. Lilly will conduct a Phase 1/2 study examining the combination of necitumumab with pembrolizumab in NSCLC. This study is anticipated to begin in 2015. The agreement is between Lilly and Merck, through a subsidiary. Additional details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
08:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Eli Lilly enter clinical collaboration pact for Opdivo combo
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07:42 EDTGILD, BMYJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
January 12, 2015
09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:00 EDTBMYBristol-Myers price target raised to $70 from $62 at Argus
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08:37 EDTBMY, MRKShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. Publicly traded companies in the space 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).
08:15 EDTBMYSeattle Genetics announces clinical trial collaboration with Bristol-Myers
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08:06 EDTBMYBristol-Myers shares expected to trade up around 10% at JPMorgan
JPMorgan expects shares of Bristol-Myers to trade up around 10% after the company announced that its Phase III trial of Opdivo in 2L squamous non-small cell lung cancer is stopping early due to efficacy. The firm views the news as a "clear positive" that sets up a potential 2015 filing and launch for the product in the 2L squamous market. It reiterates an Overweight rating on shares of the Bristol-Myers. The stock is up 7% to $64.25 in pre-market trading.
08:01 EDTABBVAbbVie announces FDA approval of DUOPA enteral suspension
The FDA has approved AbbVie's DUOPA enteral suspension for the treatment of motor fluctuations for people with advanced Parkinson's disease. DUOPA is administered using a small, portable infusion pump that delivers carbidopa and levodopa directly into the small intestine for 16 continuous hours via a procedurally-placed tube. DUOPA was approved by the FDA as an orphan drug, a designation granted to products intended for the treatment of rare diseases or conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 patients in the U.S.
07:21 EDTMRKEBD Group to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTABBVJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTMRKMerck sees NDA submission for Hepatitis C combination regimen in 1H15
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07:05 EDTMRKMerck says targeted cost savings on track to be realized by end 2015
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07:04 EDTMRKMerck sees NDA submission for Hepatitis C combination regimen in 1H15
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07:03 EDTMRKMerck says targeted cost savings on track to be realized by end 2015
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06:53 EDTMRKMerck to speed up plans for drug submission, WSJ says
Merck is speeding up its plans to submit new drugs for lung cancer and hepatitis C for regulatory approval, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company will file an application with the FDA around the mid-2015 to expand the use of Keytruda, the Journal adds. Reference Link
06:22 EDTMRKWHO approves 2 ebola vaccines to enter West Africa trials, Financial Times says
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05:26 EDTBMYBristol-Myers up 5.6% after Opdivo Phase 3 study meets primary endpoint
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05:06 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Opdivo Phase 3 study met primary endpoint
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that an open-label, randomized Phase 3 study evaluating Opdivo versus docetaxel in previously treated patients with advanced, squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, was stopped early because an assessment conducted by the independent Data Monitoring Committee, or DMC, concluded that the study met its endpoint, demonstrating superior overall survival in patients receiving Opdivo compared to the control arm. The company will share these data – which for the first time indicate a survival advantage with an anti-PD1 immune checkpoint inhibitor in lung cancer – with health authorities. CheckMate -017 investigators are being informed of the decision to stop the comparative portion of the trial. Bristol-Myers Squibb is working to ensure that eligible patients will be informed of the opportunity to continue or start treatment with Opdivo in an open-label extension as part of the company’s commitment to providing patient access to Opdivo, and characterizing long-term survival. The company will complete a full evaluation of the final CheckMate -017 data and work with investigators on the future presentation and publication of the results.
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