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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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March 23, 2015
09:03 EDTABBVLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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08:44 EDTGILDGilead volatility low into FDA hepatitis C drug warning
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08:23 EDTGILDGilead weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
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07:40 EDTGILDGilead weakness on FDA warning would be buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
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07:17 EDTMRK, ABBVAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
06:08 EDTGILDGilead implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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March 22, 2015
15:05 EDTGILDGilead warns after hepatitis C patient taking heart drug dies, Bloomberg says
Gilead said in an e-mailed drug warning to health-care providers on Friday that nine patients taking its hepatitis C drugs Harvoni or Sovaldi along with the heart treatment amiodarone developed abnormally slow heartbeats and one died of cardiac arrest, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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15:02 EDTGILDAcelRx names Howard Rosen as interim CEO
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (ACRX) announced the appointment of Howard Rosen as interim CEO of AcelRx, effective April 1. Rosen is a technically trained executive with over 25 years of success growing start-up and mid-size biopharmaceutical companies. Rosen previously held senior-level general management positions and functional roles in strategy, marketing, finance, business development, and research and development at Gilead Sciences (GILD) and ALZA Corporation. Rosen has served on the Board of Directors of AcelRx since 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alcobra and several private biopharmaceutical companies.
07:55 EDTBMYAstraZeneca seen as potential target again if oncology drugs lag, Bloomberg says
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07:41 EDTMRK, ABBVAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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09:08 EDTGILDNew Gilead HIV drug likely to be approved in mid-2015, says Argus
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08:47 EDTABBVAbbVie and C2N sign worlwide license agreement for Alzheimer's Disease therapy
AbbVie has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with C2N Diagnostics, a privately held protein diagnostic and therapeutic discovery company, to develop and commercialize a portfolio of anti-tau antibodies for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders. Financial terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.
07:56 EDTABBVAbbVie plans $30M expansion at plant in Puerto Rico, AP reports
AbbVie is planning to expand one of its facilities in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, The Associated Press reports. The $30M expansion is slated for a plant that manufactures products related to immunology, virology and metabolic disorders. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
08:03 EDTABBVAbbVie to present data from 22 HUMIRA abstracts at AAD
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06:31 EDTABBV, GILDStudies find Gilead's hepatitis C drugs cost effective, Reuters says
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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15:33 EDTMRKMerck says study shows VYTORIN reduced CV events more than simvastatin alone
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15:04 EDTABBVPharmacyclics says committee recommends unblinding after primary endpoint met
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