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April 9, 2014
08:41 EDTESRX, GILDAttack on Gilead Sovaldi by Express Scripts 'noise,' says Maxim
After Bloomberg reported that Express Scripts (ESRX) said that it would attempt to build a coalition against the use of Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi once a rival drug is approved, Maxim views Express Scripts' statement as "noise." The firm says that Sovaldi is not the most expensive HCV drug, and reiterates its view that Sovaldi provides "compelling" value, when including the cost of failure rates in a cost/benefit analysis. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Gilead.
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May 21, 2015
10:58 EDTGILDDeutsche Bank biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:38 EDTESRXExpress Scripts starting to win some business, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research is hearing Express Scripts won the state of South Carolina business and renewal rates remain strong and on track to achieve guidance of 94%-97%.
May 20, 2015
11:51 EDTESRXExpress Scripts' Medco to pay $7.9M to resolve kickback allegations
Medco Health Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX), of Missouri, has agreed to pay the government $7.9M to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme in violation of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced. Medco provides pharmacy benefit management services to clients who receive subsidies under the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy program. The settlement resolves allegations that Medco solicited remuneration from AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, in exchange for identifying Nexium as the “sole and exclusive” proton pump inhibitor on certain of Medco’s prescription drug lists known as formularies. The United States alleged that Medco received some or all of the remuneration from AstraZeneca in the form of reduced prices on the following AstraZeneca drugs: Prilosec, Toprol XL and Plendil. The United States contended that this kickback arrangement between Medco and AstraZeneca (AZN) violated the Federal Anti-Kickback statute, and thereby caused the submission of false or fraudulent claims for Nexium to the Retiree Drug Subsidy Program. In January 2015, the United States and AstraZeneca reached a $7.9M settlement to resolve kickback allegations arising out of the same conduct. This civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provision of the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens with knowledge of false claims to bring civil actions on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery. The lawsuit was filed by former AstraZeneca employees Paul DiMattia and F. Folger Tuggle, whose share of the settlement has not been determined. The settlement with Medco was the result of a coordinated effort among the Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Delaware and HHS-OIG.
10:00 EDTESRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:07 EDTGILDGilead's patent for Hep C drug sofosbuvir challenged by NGO's in five countries
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May 19, 2015
16:41 EDTESRXExpress Scripts initiated with a Neutral at Baird
Target $94.
10:09 EDTGILDGilead CFO says 'really excited' about options to grow beyond 2018
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07:56 EDTGILDGilead for Achillion rumor not ridiculous, but highly unlikely, TheStreet says
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07:28 EDTGILDUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 19 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 18, 2015
19:43 EDTGILDAnthem Blue Cross sued for limiting Harvoni usage, LA Times says
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16:16 EDTGILDGilead confirms plans to present tomorrow at UBS conference, Feuerstein reports
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14:42 EDTGILDAchillion rises as conference cancellation adds fuel to M&A speculation
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
11:08 EDTGILDOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
09:31 EDTGILDAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
May 14, 2015
11:08 EDTESRXExpress Scripts management to meet with Maxim
Meeting to be held in St. Louis, MO on May 21 hosted by Maxim.
May 13, 2015
13:12 EDTGILDSen. Sanders urges VA to break patents on Gilead hepatitis C drugs
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07:31 EDTGILDHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 11, 2015
07:40 EDTESRXFocus on Vertex will shift to pricing after Orkambi FDA meeting, WSJ says
An FDA advisory committee that meets Tuesday to decide whether to recommend approval of Vertex’s Orkambi will be closely watched by health insurers and pharmacy-benefit managers concerned that the experimental cystic-fibrosis drug will be high-priced, said The Wall Street Journal. Vertex hasn’t announced a price, but analyst at JPMorgan predict the drug will have a wholesale price of about $287,000 annually per patient. Publicly traded PBM owners include Catamaran (CTRX), which is being acquired by UnitedHealth (UNH), CVS Health (CVS) and Express Scripts (ESRX). Reference Link
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