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April 10, 2014
11:42 EDTGILD, GSK, RHHBYReport claims Tamiflu, Relenza do little to prevent the spread of flu
The Cochrane Collaboration, an independent nonprofit organization that aims to help health professionals, patients, and policy makers access evidence-based medicine to guide their decisions, concluded in a newly published report that neuraminidase inhibitors Tamiflu and Relenza are stockpiled and recommended by public health agencies but have not been proven to prevent the spread of flu or reduce dangerous complications. Tamiflu was co-developed by and is marketed by Gilead Sciences (GILD) and Roche (RHHBY), while Relenza is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Roche said "we disagree with the overall conclusions" and warned they could "potentially have serious public health implications," according to a company statement quoted by BBC News. Reference Link
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March 23, 2015
06:32 EDTRHHBYFoundation Medicine announces board changes in connection to Roche transaction
Foundation Medicine (FMI) announced proposed changes to its board in connection with its pending strategic collaboration with Roche (RHHBY). Under the terms of the agreement with Roche, Foundation Medicine’s board will increase to nine directors upon the closing of the transaction, including three board designees selected by Roche. The pending transaction with Roche remains subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the successful completion of the tender offer commenced by Roche on February 2, 2015 and the approval of certain matters at the special meeting of Foundation Medicine stockholders to be held on April 2, 2015. The closing is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2015.
06:08 EDTGILDGilead implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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March 22, 2015
15:17 EDTGSKGSK looks to conclude negotiations with U.K. on vaccine cost, Bloomberg says
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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.
12:41 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks began the day sharply higher and have continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The market’s move put the Nasdaq back above 5,000 and the S&P above 2,100. The market is undergoing quadruple witching, which occurs 4 times per year and typically is accompanied by high volume and volatility. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count, which has been closely watched in recent months amid the protracted slide in oil prices, is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. The count of U.S. rigs stood at 1125 at the end of last week. In Europe, reports indicate German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece has agreed to send a list of overhauled reforms to European officials within days. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike (NKE) advanced 4% following its Q3 earnings beat. Credit Suisse raised Nike's price target to $106 following the report, saying Nike's underlying futures growth remains in double-digits and preliminary FY16 guidance suggests management has been effective in managing currency headwinds... The shares of Biogen (BIIB) rallied 8% after the company reported results for an early stage study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. The company announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Prothena (PRTA), which surged 30% after announcing results from a Phase 1 single ascending dose study of its potential treatment of Parkinson's disease. Also higher was Darden Restaurants (DRI), which gained 4% after the owner of the Olive Garden and Long Horn restaurant chains reported earnings that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was China's Youku Tudou (YOKU), which dropped 9% and was downgraded to Sell at Deutsche Bank after the company reported mixed Q4 results. Also lower was Theravance (THRX), which fell 7% after the company and partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that an FDA advisory committee voted that the efficacy data for their Breo Ellipta inhaler provides substantial evidence of a clinically meaningful benefit in adults, however it voted against approval for the proposed indication in 12-17 year olds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 189.04, or 1.05%, to 18,148.07, the Nasdaq was up 40.24, or 0.81%, to 5,032.62, and the S&P 500 was up 19.54, or 0.94%, to 2,108.81.
11:33 EDTRHHBYFly Review: Analysts correctly predict jump in Biogen shares
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are rallying after the company reported results for a Phase 1b study of its Alzheimer's drug, BIIB-037. On March 18, as reported on that day by The Fly, RBC Capital predicted that the stock would rise after the results were published. A number of other firms were also upbeat on the stock ahead of the data release. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier this morning Biogen announced that the three milligram, six milligram, and ten milligram dose versions of its Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, had reduced the amount of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients taking the drug by statistically significant amounts compared with those taking placebos. Beta amyloid is a protein that produces plaque in the brain. Scientists suspect that plaques in the brain are a cause of Alzheimer's. The cognitive decline of patients taking BIIB-037 was also significantly less than that of patients who were taking placebos, the company reported. PRE-EVENT CALLS: RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee predicted earlier this week in a note to investors that Biogen would report strong data for BIIB-037 and the stock should "work higher" after the data is unveiled. Alzheimer's patients taking the high dose of Biogen's BIIB-037 drug should exhibit a stabilization of cognition levels, Yee stated. Conversely, the cognition levels of patients taking the placebo should drop slightly, the analyst predicted. On March 13, in a note summarized by The Fly on that day, JPMorgan recommended buying Biogen shares ahead of the data release. Investors still incorporated a low probability of success for the drug, and the stock could rise further, the firm wrote. On March 19, in a note also published by The Fly, Credit Suisse wrote that Biogen's multiple could rise if the data on BIIB-037 was positive. It raised its price target on the name to $500 from $400. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Barclays raised Biogen's price target to $500 from $435 following the company's report of "impressive" full results from the Alzheimer's study. Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer also raised his price target for Biogen shares to $500 this morning, calling today’s BIIB-037 results "robust and impressive." Schimmer believes the trial showed a "consistent and dramatic" dose effect on both radiographic and clinical disease features and thinks the side effects "pale in comparison" to the drug’s efficacy. OTHERS TO WATCH: Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY) are also currently developing similar Alzheimer's treatments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Biogen rose 7% to $464. The stock is up about 9% since Wednesday. Eli Lilly shares are up 1.6% to $75.40 this morning, while Roche rose 2.2% to $35. Reference Link
09:47 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Theravance launch Revlar Ellipta in Italy
In a regulatory filing, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the launch of Revlar Ellipta in Italy following the recent approval by the Italian regulatory authorities in December 2014. Relvar is a fixed dose combination of the inhaled corticosteroid fluticasone furoate and the long-acting beta2-agonist vilanterol. The components will be administered using the Ellipta, a dry powder inhaler. In Italy, the product is indicated for the regular treatment of asthma in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older where use of a combination medicinal product is appropriate; and for the symptomatic treatment of adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with a FEV1<70% predicted normal post-bronchodilator with an exacerbation history despite regular bronchodilator therapy.
09:01 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly up 2% to $75.75 in pre-market trading
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March 19, 2015
18:14 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Theravance announce FDA panel outcome on Breo Ellipta
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the outcome of the joint meeting of the Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee of the United States FDA regarding the supplemental New Drug Application for Breo Ellipta as a once-daily inhaled treatment for asthma in patients aged 12 years and older. The FDA Advisory Committee voted that the efficacy and safety data for FF/VI 100/25 mcg and 200/25 mcg once daily in asthma support approval in adults 18 years of age and older (16 for, 4 against). The Committee voted that the efficacy data provides substantial evidence of a clinically meaningful benefit in adults (18 for, 2 against) and that the safety in this population has been adequately demonstrated (17 for, 3 against). The Committee voted against approval for the proposed indication in 12-17 year olds (2 for, 18 against). The Committee voted that the efficacy data was not sufficient to demonstrate the benefit (4 for, 16 against) and the safety (1 for, 19 against) has not been adequately demonstrated in this sub-population. The Committee recommended that a large LABA safety trial with FF/VI should be required in adults (13 yes, 7 no) and in 12-17 year olds (17 yes, 2 no and 1 no-vote), similar to the ongoing LABA safety trials being conducted as an FDA Post-Marketing Requirement by each of the manufacturers of LABA containing asthma treatments. FDA Advisory Committees provide non-binding recommendations for consideration by the FDA. Based on these opinions and the data presented, the FDA will make its final decision on approval, which is expected on April 30.
16:14 EDTRHHBYProthena report positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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15:12 EDTGSKFDA panel says Breo lacks efficacy data in children with asthma, Bloomberg says
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09:08 EDTGILDNew Gilead HIV drug likely to be approved in mid-2015, says Argus
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07:26 EDTGSKFDA to hold a joint advisory committee meeting
The Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety & Risk Management Advisory Committee discuss the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) 204275-S001, for fluticasone furoate and vilanterol dry powder for inhalation (with the brand name of BREO® ELLIPTA®), sponsored by Glaxo Group Limited (d/b/a GSK) for the once-daily treatment for asthma in patients aged 12 years and older in a meeting being held in Gaithersburg, Maryland on March 19 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:10 EDTGSKTheravance announces trading in common stock halted as FDA meets on sNDA
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07:02 EDTRHHBYSigma-Aldrich signs exclusive distribution agreement with Roche
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March 18, 2015
12:48 EDTRHHBYFly Watch: Biogen predicted to report strong Alzheimer's data this Friday
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07:46 EDTRHHBYLilly Roche would have upbeat read through from strong BIIB data, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that the data for Biogen's (BIIB) Alzheimer's treatment, due to be released on Friday, is widely expected to be positive. The firm thinks that positive data would boost the outlook for similar Alzheimer's drugs being developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and Roche (RHHBY), since consensus estimates for those drugs are low. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on Eli Lilly and Roche.
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