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March 16, 2014
14:37 EDTICPTIntercept Phase 3 POISE trial of OCA meets primary endpoint
Intercept Pharmaceuticals announced that its international Phase 3 POISE trial of obeticholic acid. OCA, for the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis, PBC, demonstrated that OCA, at both a 10 mg dose and a 5 mg dose titrated to 10 mg, met the trial's primary endpoint of achieving a reduction in serum alkaline phosphatase to < 1.67x ULN with a = 15% reduction from baseline and a normal bilirubin level after 12 months of therapy. The proportion of patients meeting the POISE primary endpoint was: 10% in the placebo group, 47% in the 10 mg OCA group and 46% in the 5-10 mg OCA group in an intention to treat analysis. In addition, both OCA dose groups met pre-specified secondary endpoints of improvements in other liver function parameters, including GGT, ALT, AST and total bilirubin. In order to evaluate the clinical relevance of the POISE primary endpoint, Intercept sponsored an independent study conducted by the Global PBC Study Group, consisting of 15 leading PBC centers in eight countries that contributed to a clinical outcomes database of more than 6,000 PBC patients. In this study, patients who did not achieve the POISE endpoint after one year were shown to have a greatly increased risk of liver transplant or death compared to those who achieved the endpoint. The PBC Supergroup has also previously confirmed that higher ALP levels in patients correlate with increased risk of liver transplant and death.
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
06:30 EDTICPTIntercept initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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