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February 20, 2013
05:26 EDTTEVA, GILDGilead, Teva reach settlement agreement in Viread patent litigation
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced that Gilead and Teva Pharmaceuticals have reached an agreement in principle to settle the ongoing patent litigation concerning the patents protecting Viread, a treatment for HIV infection and chronic hepatitis B. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva will be allowed to launch a generic version of Viread on December 15, 2017.
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July 26, 2015
12:30 EDTTEVATeva nears deal to buy Allergan generics unit for $40.5B, Bloomberg says
Teva (TEVA) is nearing a deal to buy Allergan's (AGN) generic drug unit for roughly $40.5B and an agreement could be announced as early as Monday, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said Teva also plans to withdraw its bid for Mylan (MYL) as soon as Monday. Reference Link
12:17 EDTTEVATeva to cancel Mylan bid, plans offer for Allergan generics unit, Bloomberg says
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July 24, 2015
11:59 EDTTEVALeerink's specialty pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals/Generics Analyst Gerberry discusses the strengths and weaknesses of TEVAís preliminary responses to the IPR challenge on Copaxone 40mg, the likely outcomes for the Copaxone 40mg patent challenge and the perspectives on recent updates in the Jazz Pharmaceuticals' Xyrem patent case on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 27 at 11 am.
06:56 EDTTEVAPaulson may play key role in Teva-Mylan-Perrigo drama, CTFN says
John Paulson's hedge fund, Paulson & Co., has upped its stake in Mylan (MYL) to 4.65%, which is below the threshold that would compel it to disclose its plans to the U.S. SEC but high enough for it to obtain standing before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber, which would hear any legal challenge to the "stichting" maneuver the company is employing to avoid a takeover by Teva (TEVA), said CTFN. The takeover fight is most likely headed for court in Amsterdam after Mylan's shareholder foundation exercised an option to acquire shares and Paulson's involvement is noteworthy since he teamed with Centaurus Capital in 2007 to thwart a stichting ploy used by Stork, the report noted. Reference Link
06:27 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $131 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
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July 23, 2015
12:45 EDTGILDGilead July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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09:04 EDTTEVATeva says 'strongly disagrees' with Stichting stated analysis
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) issued the following statement regarding Stichting Preferred Shares Mylanís (MYL) decision to exercise its call option: "We strongly disagree with the stated analysis of Stichting Preferred Shares Mylan and its decision to exercise its call option, which is unwarranted, relies on false assumptions, and risks depriving Mylan stockholders and other stakeholders of the value inherent in a combination of Teva and Mylan. We continue to believe that our proposed transaction offers a compelling opportunity for value-creation and many other benefits for the stockholders, customers, patients, and employees of both companies. We are well advised on Dutch law, including the ability of Mylan stockholders to challenge this action in court, and are prepared to take the necessary actions at the appropriate time."
08:48 EDTTEVAMylan, Teva lower after Stitching looks to thwart hostile deal
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08:34 EDTTEVAMylan foundation exercises call option to 'level playing field'
08:33 EDTTEVAMylan foundation says shareholders at risk of Teva takeover
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July 22, 2015
10:06 EDTTEVAAbbott CEO says supportive of Mylan pursuit of Perrigo
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09:30 EDTTEVAAbbott CEO says 'pretty alligned' with Mylan so far
July 21, 2015
14:12 EDTGILDGilead reports study of E/C/F/TAF met primary endpoint
Gilead Sciences announced detailed 48-week data from an open-label Phase 3 study evaluating its investigational once-daily single tablet regimen of elvitegravir 150 mg, cobicistat 150 mg, emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide 10 mg, or E/C/F/TAF, among 1,436 virologically suppressed adult patients switching from tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-containing regimens. The study met its primary endpoint by demonstrating non-inferiority of E/C/F/TAF to the TDF-based regimens at Week 48. The study also demonstrated statistical superiority among patients with HIV-1 RNA levels less than 50 copies/mL at Week 48 and statistically significant improvements in bone and renal laboratory parameters. These data were presented in an oral session at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention in Vancouver, Canada. Among the 1,436 patients who were randomized in the study, virologic success rates at Week 48 were higher in patients taking E/C/F/TAF, 97% versus 93% for all TDF-based regimens; difference in percentages: 4.1%, 95% CI: 1.6% to 6.7%. The rates of virologic failure were similar between the two arms, with E/C/F/TAF, 1.0% and TDF-based regimen, 1.3%. General safety was similar between the two arms through 48 weeks of treatment, with similar percentages of patients in each group having any adverse events. Adverse events leading to treatment discontinuation were more common among patients treated with a TDF-based regimen.
July 20, 2015
10:26 EDTTEVALeerink's specialty pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals / Generics Analyst Gerberry, along with MEDACorp Specialists Michael Belliveau, PhD and Shashank Upadhye, JD, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of TEVA's preliminary responses to the IPR challenge on Copaxone 40mg, the likely outcomes for the Copaxone 40mg patent challenge and perspectives on recent updates in the JAZZ Xyrem patent case on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 22 at 2 pm.
07:33 EDTGILDInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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July 17, 2015
10:21 EDTGILDCigna says 98.4% of customers treated with hep C drug Harvoni are cured
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09:03 EDTGILDGilead granted orphan status for gastric cancer treatment
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08:38 EDTTEVALeerink puts 25% odds on Teva, Mylan deal within 12 months
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July 16, 2015
09:22 EDTGILDBristol-Myers says EU approves Evotaz for treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults
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July 15, 2015
07:58 EDTGILDAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartisís (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfideraís Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
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