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June 9, 2014
11:29 EDTACHN, GILD, ABBV, IDIX, JNJHCV players moving after Merck buys Idenix
Shares of several companies that have developed hepatitis C, or HCV, treatments are rising after one such company, Idenix (IDIX), agreed to be acquired by Merck (MRK). Meanwhile, shares of Gilead (GILD) are falling after an analyst wrote that Merck could be in a better position to extract royalties from Gilead following the acquisition. WHAT'S NEW: Merck and Idenix reported this morning that Idenix would be acquired by Merck for $24.50 per share or $3.85B. The purchase price is more than triple the company's closing price on Friday. Idenix has developed a number of HCV treatments. In an interview with Reuters, Merck's R&D chief, Roger Perlmutter said that Indenix's experimental drug, IDX21437, could cure patients with every genotype of HCV within four to six weeks, the news service reported. Currently viewed by many as the leading HCV treatment, Gilead's Solvaldi must be taken for 12 weeks by most patients, according to Gilead's website. REACTION: In an article published by The Street today, blogger Adam Feuerstein wrote that Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which has developed its own HCV drugs, could be the next takeover target in the space. Like Gilead's Sovaldi, Achillion's ACH-3422 is a nucleotide, Feurstein noted. After CNBC reported that Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Abbvie (ABBV) both made unsuccessful bids for Idenix, Feurstein believes that investors are betting that Achillion could be acquired by Johnson & Johnson or Abbvie. Meanwhile, in a note to investors earlier today, Dr. Joshua Schimmer, an analyst at research firm Piper Jaffray, wrote that some investors believe that Merck acquired Idenix partly to strengthen its hand in patent litigation against Gilead. Patents were likely a key factor in Merck's purchase of Idenix, but analysts have always expected Gielad to pay Merck a royalty on Sovaldi sales, the analyst wrote. Moreover, Sovaldi is likely to constitute a much lower percentage of Gilead's HCV sales going forward as the company develops new combination therapies, Schimmer contended. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Achillion climbed 39% to $4, Gilead dropped 4% to $79, and Idenix soared 230% to $24.
News For IDIX;GILD;JNJ;ABBV;ACHN From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
19:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to open shared services headquarters in Florida
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August 26, 2015
17:06 EDTGILDGilead AMBITION study results published in New England Journal of Medicine
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced detailed results from the AMBITION study. In AMBITION, conducted in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), combination therapy with Letairis and tadalafil reduced the risk of clinical failure by 50% compared to the pooled Letairis and tadalafil monotherapy arm. These data were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Letairis, a selective endothelin type-A receptor antagonist, and tadalafil, a PDE5 inhibitor, are each approved in the United States, the European Union and other countries as once-daily treatments for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension with WHO/NYHA functional class II and III symptoms. Letairis is indicated in the U.S. to improve exercise ability and delay clinical worsening and in the EU under the tradename Volibris to improve exercise capacity. Tadalafil 40 mg is indicated in the U.S. and the EU to improve exercise ability and capacity, respectively. Preclinical data have suggested these therapies may have synergistic effects. However, combination use with Letairis and tadalafil is currently not approved.
August 25, 2015
19:34 EDTGILD, ABBVExperts tell White House to expand use of Hepatitis C drugs, NYT says
Health care experts from the Public Health Service and the Advisory Council on H.I.V./AIDS have recommended that Medicaid officials expand the use of costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni, reports the New York Times, citing correspondence sent to the White House. The advisory council said current usage limitations on the drugs are "unreasonable," but it also suggested that manufacturers disclose drug development costs in the face of the significant price tags on modern Hepatitis C treatments. Reference Link
13:01 EDTJNJJ&J unit to sell Splenda brand to Heartland Food, terms not disclosed
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09:03 EDTABBV, JNJAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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06:18 EDTJNJSears names Lynn Pendergrass as Hardlines president
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August 24, 2015
13:36 EDTGILDBiotech correction presents some opportunities, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee said he won't try to pick the short-term bottom in biotech, but contends that any macro weakness in China shouldn't have any major impact to financials or fundamentals for the sector given their minimal exposure there. If the market continues to be volatile, Yee recommends a focus on names with defensive characteristics, such as higher margins and free cash flow yield, naming Amgen (AMGN), Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) as some examples. The analyst adds that he likes Vertex (VRTX) on the pullback for "more aggressive" growth investors. Yee has Outperform ratings on all of the stocks mentioned above.
August 21, 2015
09:01 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Medical Device Analyst Newitter, along with MEDACorp Specialists Dorance Dillon and Terence Farrell, discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently proposed "Comprehensive Care For Joint Replacement Payment Model" and how this model might influence ortho pricing and hospital-vendor relationships on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 24 at 1 pm.
August 20, 2015
16:34 EDTGILDGilead MAA for HIV regimen has been fully validated by EMA
Gilead Sciences announced that the company's Marketing Authorization Application, MAA, for an investigational, once-daily single tablet regimen that combines emtricitabine 200 mg, tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg and rilpivirine 25 mg has been fully validated and is now under evaluation by the European Medicines Agency, EMA. Emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide are marketed by Gilead Sciences and rilpivirine is marketed by Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The data included in the application support the use of R/F/TAF for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older. "With this validation, R/F/TAF is now the third TAF-based filing under review by the EMA as we advance a portfolio of new treatment options that may offer high efficacy and favorable safety profiles," said Norbert Bischofberger, PhD, Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer, Gilead Sciences. "The R/F/TAF filing also represents the next step in our collaboration with Janssen to develop HIV treatments that potentially meet the diverse needs of people living with HIV."
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11:33 EDTJNJLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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August 19, 2015
06:09 EDTABBVUnited Therapeutics agrees to sell PPRV to AbbVie for $350M
United Therapeutics (UTHR) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher, or PPRV, to a subsidiary of AbbVie (ABBV). United Therapeutics received the PPRV when Unituxin was approved by the FDA for the treatment of neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric disease. Upon closing of the transaction, United Therapeutics will receive $350M in cash in exchange for the PPRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases.
05:57 EDTABBVAbbVie implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range

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