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June 17, 2014
10:32 EDTGILD, IDIX, MRKGilead says Merck, Idenix acquistion 'makes sense'
Gilead (GILD) says it expects to see more advancement in the Hepititus C field. In terms of Merck's (MRK) recent acquisition of Idenix (IDIX), Gilead says the acquisition "makes sense" to them. Says this puts Gilead in a "strong position" and expects to see other company consolidations to catch up to where the company is. Says fully anticipates more competitors in the future with regiments and says the firm cannot predict who those future rivals will be at this time. Comments made at the Wells Fargo Healthcare conference.
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January 26, 2015
09:49 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck says CHMP issues positive opinion for Sivextro
Merck announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of the investigational antibiotic SIVEXTRO for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in adults. Merck acquired SIVEXTRO as a part of its purchase, through a subsidiary, of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The CHMP positive opinion will be reviewed by the European Commission. If the European Commission affirms the CHMP opinion, it will grant a centralized marketing authorization with unified labeling that is valid in the 28 countries that are members of the European Union, as well as European Economic Area members, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. SIVEXTRO is a once-daily oxazolidinone antibiotic developed for both intravenous and oral administration for the treatment of serious infections caused by certain Gram-positive bacteria.
05:11 EDTGILDGilead expands hepatitis C generic licensing agreements
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January 23, 2015
09:35 EDTGILDGilead mentioned cautiously at Cleveland Research
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06:39 EDTMRKNIH, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck launch joint Ebola vaccine test in Liberia, WSJ says
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January 21, 2015
10:16 EDTMRKLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
08:02 EDTMRKMerck completes tender offer to acquire Cubist
Merck (MRK) announced the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) at a purchase price of $102.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration yesterday, 58,039,667 shares of common stock of Cubist were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.7% of the outstanding common stock of Cubist on a fully diluted basis. All of such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for all such shares. Following consummation of the tender offer, Merck expects to complete the acquisition of Cubist later today through a merger of Merckís wholly owned subsidiary with and into Cubist without stockholder approval. Upon completion of the merger, all outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist, other than shares held by Cubist in treasury or shares held by Cubistís stockholders who are entitled to and properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be canceled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $102.00 offer price per share without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes. In addition, upon completion of the merger, Cubist will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and the common stock of Cubist will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
January 20, 2015
17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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January 16, 2015
14:54 EDTGILDGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTGILDAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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13:05 EDTGILDGilead granted orphan status for pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment
The FDA granted Gilead orphan status for its treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Reference Link
09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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January 15, 2015
11:20 EDTMRK, GILDGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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07:59 EDTMRKAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology to hold a symposium
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January 14, 2015
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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08:34 EDTMRKMerck and Practice Fusion's health vaccine initiative shows positive results
Merck and Practice Fusion announced the results of a recent collaboration designed to improve public health outcomes through a Population Health Management program for adult vaccines. Launched in April, the program contributed to a statistically significant relative increase in recorded vaccinations among eligible patients on Practice Fusion's EHR platform. During the four-month test period, Practice Fusion observed a 73% relative increase in recorded vaccinations in test versus control patients.
07:08 EDTGILDGilead still poised to beat 2015 estimates, says RBC Capital
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