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June 30, 2014
10:12 EDTGWPHGW Pharma rises after analyst sees promise in marijuana-derived epilepsy drug
Shares of GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) are climbing after research firm Piper Jaffray sharply raised its price target on the stock after attending a conference of the Dravet Foundation and speaking with epilepsy specialists. Dravet Syndrome is a form of epilepsy and the foundation raises money to combat it. GW has created a drug for the treatment of seizures based on cannabinoid, one of the components of marijuana. WHAT'S NEW: After attending the conference, Piper Jaffray analyst Dr. Joshua Schimmer wrote that he is more confident that GW's epilepsy treatment, Epidiolex, is "a highly attractive emerging therapy" for the disease. Epidiolex has a unique combination of safety and effectiveness, the analyst believes. Children with Dravet who are treated with Epidiolex have fewer seizures and can take lower doses of other medicines, while the social skills of many of them improve, Schimmer reported. He increased his price target on GW to $147 from $97 and kept an Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Eventually Epidiolex's use should extend far beyond difficult to treat cases of Dravet, the analyst forecast. A logical potential use for the drug is as a treatment for autism, Schimmer believes. There is a strong correlation between autism and Dravet Syndrome or frequent seizures, he explained. Additionally, there are "anecdotal reports" that autism patients have responded very well to cannabinoids and GW and specialists are becoming more confident that a number of autism patients will benefit from them, he reported. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, GW Pharmaceuticals shares climbed $7.30, or 7.6%, to $103.44.
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July 14, 2014
07:50 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals shares attractive ahead of data, says Leerink
After meeting with management, Leerink says is continue to view shares of GW Pharmaceuticals as attractive here ahead of additional Epidiolex data readouts and the commencement of pivotal trials in the second half of 2014. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock with a $110 price target.

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