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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.
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May 18, 2015
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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May 15, 2015
16:46 EDTABBVAbbVie extends exchange offer to acquire Pharmacyclics
AbbVie (ABBV) announced that it has extended the expiration of its exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Pharmacyclics (PCYC) to 5 p.m., New York City time, on May 22. The depositary of the exchange offer has advised that, as of 4:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 15, a total of approximately 42,822,941 shares of Pharmacyclics common stock were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the exchange offer. All other terms and conditions of the exchange offer remain unchanged.
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
11:08 EDTGILDOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:29 EDTABBVAmerican Urological Association to hold an annual meeting
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09:45 EDTABBVAbbVie reports FDA orphan designation for Humira in treatment of HS
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09:31 EDTGILDAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
07:35 EDTJNJMedivation price target raised to $148 from $128 at Leerink
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May 14, 2015
14:54 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson unit reports results of VENTURE-AF trial
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13:12 EDTABBVAbbVie granted orphan status for Humira
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10:41 EDTABBVAnalysts upbeat on Amgen's Kyprolis after ASCO abstracts
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09:41 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds a cardiology luncheon meeting
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09:09 EDTABBVBristol-Myers down 1.3% after release of ASCO abstracts
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May 13, 2015
17:50 EDTJNJPharmacyclics to showcase new 'promising' Imbruvica data at ASCO
Pharmacyclics announced that ibrutinib, also known as Imbruvica, single-agent and combination data will be featured in seven oral and poster sessions at the 51st American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, Annual Meeting being held May 29-June 2 in Chicago, IL. According to a statement from ASCO, Imbruvica data will also be included in the official press program during the meeting for the second time in two years. Imbruvica is jointly developed and commercialized by Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) subsidiary. Data being presented include, among others, an oral presentation from the Phase III HELIOS study of ibrutinib in combination with bendamustine and rituximab in relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a poster presentation of ibrutinib in steroid-dependent or refractory chronic graft-versus-host-disease as well as a dose adherence analysis of ibrutinib 420 mg administered to previously treated CLL patients. "We look forward to sharing promising data at this year's ASCO that examines the use of Imbruvica across a broad range of hematologic disease settings from our clinical studies," said Danelle James, M.D., M.S., Head of Oncology at Pharmacyclics.
13:12 EDTGILD, ABBVSen. Sanders urges VA to break patents on Gilead hepatitis C drugs
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07:31 EDTGILDHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 11, 2015
17:58 EDTJNJJ&J's Janssen gets complete response letter regarding sNDA for Invega Sustenna
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May 10, 2015
19:25 EDTJNJCourt rejects claim that drugmakers misled opiate patients, Bloomberg says
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14:05 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson shares may deliver double-digit returns, Barron's says
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May 8, 2015
17:00 EDTABBVAbbVie discloses Civil Investigative Demand from Alaska AG
AbbVie disclosed the following in a filing: "Several pending lawsuits filed against Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Solvay Pharmaceuticals and others were consolidated for pre-trial purposes in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under the Multi-District Litigation Rules as In re AndroGel Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2084. These cases, brought by private plaintiffs and the Federal Trade Commission, generally allege Solvay’s 2006 patent litigation involving AndroGel was sham litigation and the patent litigation settlement agreement and related agreements with three generic companies violate federal and state antitrust laws and state consumer protection and unjust enrichment laws. Plaintiffs generally seek monetary damages and/or injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees. MDL 2084 includes: (a) three individual plaintiff lawsuits; (b) seven purported class actions; and (c) Federal Trade Commission v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., filed in May 2009 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The Attorney General of the State of Alaska also has served AbbVie with a Civil Investigative Demand, primarily seeking documents that AbbVie produced in these lawsuits. Following the district court’s dismissal of all plaintiffs’ claims, appellate proceedings led to the reinstatement of the claims regarding the patent litigation settlement, which are proceeding in discovery in the district court."
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