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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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April 21, 2015
12:21 EDTGILDVertex rises after Bernstein suggests Gilead should pursue takeover
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10:00 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTGILDGilead spikes higher, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTMRKMerck reaffirms commitment to developing medicines for infectious diseases
Merck reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to discovering and developing novel medicines in the global fight against infectious diseases, including infections caused by resistant bacteria and other pathogens. At this year’s 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, April 25-28 in Copenhagen, Denmark, researchers are scheduled to present more than 30 scientific data presentations on the company’s broad portfolio of marketed and investigational anti-infective medicines. Merck completed its acquisition of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on Jan. 21, 2015, and continues to build on both companies’ work in infectious disease. Antimicrobial research remains an important area of focus. In addition to a combined portfolio of antibiotic and antifungal medicines, vaccines, and medicines for HIV and HCV, Merck has multiple programs that span discovery through late-stage development. In total, Merck currently has more than 15 ongoing clinical trials evaluating antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agents for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. These trials are projected to enroll approximately 8,000 patients.
08:14 EDTGILDGilead should buy Vertex, says Bernstein
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06:58 EDTGILDGilead May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:44 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded on early Opdivo success at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Bristol-Myers to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm raised estimates above consensus and increased its price target on the stock to $80 from $60 following confirmation of Opdivo's survival benefits in lung cancer. Morgan Stanley expects Opdivo to be one of the top three pharma-bio launches over the next several years and notes Bristol is ahead of the competition in immuno-oncology combination drug development.
06:15 EDTBMYBristol-Myers upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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April 20, 2015
14:32 EDTABBVPharmacyclics patent for Imbruvica challenged by Hayman Capital's Bass
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:12 EDTBMYVanda names Tom Gibbs as SVP and Chief Commercial OfficerBristol-Myers
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08:05 EDTMRKTetraLogic, Merck enter into oncology clinical study collaboration
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07:20 EDTGILD, ABBV, BMY, MRKAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:18 EDTABBVAmerican Academy of Neurology to hold annual meeting
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April 19, 2015
19:35 EDTMRKMerck to swiftly repay $5B loan, explore acquisitions by late 2017, Reuters says
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15:21 EDTMRKMerck announces new data from Keytruda study
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14:59 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda 'superior' to ipilimumab for PFS in patients with melanoma
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14:47 EDTMRKMerck submits supplemental biologics license for Keytruda in lung cancer
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14:31 EDTMRKMerck reports 28% Keytruda response rate in 25 pleural mesothelioma patients
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