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May 13, 2013
07:49 EDTIPXL, ACT, ENDP, TEVAFDA decision on Opana a modest positive for Impax, says Leerink
Leerink views the FDA's denial of Endo's (ENDP) Citizen Petition as a modest positive for Impax (IPXL), which it notes is the sole holder of 180 day exclusivity on generic Opana. However, Leerink says upside for Impax will be limited as Actavis (ACT), Sandoz, and Teva (TEVA) have settlements to enter the market starting in June 2013 when Impax's 180-day generic exclusivity expires.
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April 21, 2014
08:18 EDTTEVAMomenta Pharma rises after high court rejects Copaxone delay bid
Shares of Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA) are higher in pre-market trading after the Supreme Court denied Teva's (TEVA) request to delay the launch of generic forms of its relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis product, Copaxone. WHAT'S NEW: Teva confirmed on April 19 that the Chief Justice of the United States denied the company's application for an injunction seeking to prevent the launch of a generic version of Copaxone. Teva will continue pursuing its appeal in the Supreme Court and defending its intellectual property for Copaxone, the company said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Momenta has developed a generic version of Copaxone in partnership with Novartis' (NVS) Sandoz unit. Mylan, which is preparing to launch a generic version of Copaxone as well, said after the ruling: "We are pleased with the Chief Justice's decision, and we look forward to introducing the first generic Copaxone treatment for multiple sclerosis patients in the U.S. at market formation. Mylan remains eligible to receive approval from the U.S. FDA on May 25, 2014." PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Momenta shares are up over 12% to $12.46, while Mylan shares are up more than 3% to $48.48. Teva shares trading in New York are down about 1.7% to $50 in pre-market trading.
April 19, 2014
18:50 EDTTEVAMylan says Teva denied injunction seeking to prevent launch of generic Copaxone
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18:32 EDTTEVASupreme Court denies Teva stay in generic Copaxone case
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that while the Chief Justice of the United States found that Teva had demonstrated “a fair prospect of success on the merits” in its appeal of a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that invalidated the claim of U.S. Patent 5,800,808, he denied the company’s application to stay the Federal Circuit's decision due to the potential for the company to recover patent infringement damages. The ‘808 patent expires on September 1, 2015 and claims a process for manufacturing the active ingredient of Teva’s relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, RRMS, product, Copaxone 20mg/mL. Teva will continue pursuing its appeal in the Supreme Court and defending its intellectual property for Copaxone. Teva previously prevailed in the District Court, which upheld the validity of nine Copaxone patents, including the ‘808 patent. A ruling last year by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld some of the COPAXONE patents that expire in May, while invalidating the ‘808 patent that is the subject of Teva’s now-granted certiorari petition. Any purported generic version of Copaxone would be required to obtain the approval of the FDA prior to being made available to the public. The inability to fully characterize the active ingredients of the product leads many experts to believe that the only way to ensure the safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of any purported generic version of Copaxone would be through full-scale, placebo-controlled clinical trials with measured clinical endpoints in RRMS patients. The company is confident Copaxone will remain a proprietary, global market leading product for the reduction in the frequency of relapses in RRMS patients over the product’s lifecycle, given the strength of its intellectual property rights.
April 17, 2014
16:18 EDTACTActavis to purchase four marketed products from Akorn and Hi-Tech Pharmacal
Actavis (ACT) announced that it has entered into agreements with Akorn (Akrx) and Hi-Tech Pharmacal (HITK) to purchase four currently marketed products and one product under development for cash consideration. The closing of the purchase agreements are contingent upon the consummation of Akorn's acquisition of Hi-Tech. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. The agreements include three products marketed under Abbreviated New Drug Applications and one product marketed under a New Drug Application: Lidocaine/Prilocaine Topical Cream. The agreements also include one product under development.
16:08 EDTACTActavis, Forest Labs receive second request under Hart-Scott-Rodino from FTC
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08:38 EDTTEVATeva settles patent ligitigation with Pfizer on Celebrex
Teva (TEVA) announced that its subsidiary Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has entered into a settlement with Pfizer (PFE) related to Teva’s generic version of Celebrex 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules in the United States. Under the terms of the settlement, Teva may launch its generic versions in December 2014 or earlier under certain circumstances. Teva has received tentative approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for all strengths and believes that it is first-to-file on at least the 100, 200 and 400 mg capsules. Sales of Celebrex were $2.2B in the U.S. according to IMS data as of December, 2013.
April 16, 2014
10:27 EDTENDPEndo International says AMS unit received FDA warning letter
In a regulatory filing, Endo International disclosed that as previously reported in Endo Health Solutions's Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 3, in February 2014, the United States FDA conducted an inspection of the Minnetonka, Minnesota facility of American Medical Systems, AMS, a subsidiary of Endo International. Following such inspection, the FDA issued three observations on a Form 483 Notice of Inspectional Observations dated February 24. These observations, previously self-identified by AMS, were being addressed through a corrective action plan which AMS originally expected to complete beyond 2015. On April 14, AMS received a Warning Letter from the FDA, dated April 10. The Warning Letter relates to the same matters as identified in the Form 483 Notice. Specifically, the Warning Letter discusses observations related to process validation, risk analysis and corrective and preventive action procedures. The letter states that the corrective actions which AMS reviewed with the FDA on March 20, 2014 appear to be adequate, but it goes on to state that many of the actions have not yet been completed and will need to be validated in a follow-up inspection. AMS has 15 days to respond to the Warning Letter. AMS expects only limited related impact to its business at this time. The Minnetonka, Minnesota facility will continue to manufacture and ship products while AMS works with the FDA.
10:00 EDTTEVA, IPXL, ENDP, ACTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A10 Networks (ATEN) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... BitAuto (BITA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Endo International (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Hertz (HTZ) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ImmunoGen (IMGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Impax (IPXL) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Imperva (IMPV) assumed with a Neutral at Wedbush... Ingredion (INGR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Lpath (LPTN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... MediWound (MDWD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Medivation (MDVN) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) assumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wipro (WIT) assumed with a Hold at Jefferies.
09:15 EDTIPXLImpax launches generic Renvela for kidney disease licensed from Sanofi
Impax Laboratories (IPXL) is commencing shipment of authorized generic Renvela 800 mg tablets, through Global Pharmaceuticals, Impax's generics division. Renvela is indicated for the control of serum phosphorus in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis. Under the terms of a settlement agreement, Sanofi (SNY) company Genzyme agreed to grant Impax a license to sell an allotment of a specified number of bottles of an authorized generic version of Renvela tablets commencing on April 16. Impax continues to pursue approval of its pending Abbreviated New Drug Application for generic Renvela with the FDA.
08:34 EDTACTPiper Jaffray tech and biopharma analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Technical Analyst Johnson, along with BioPharma Analysts, discuss the recent downturn in the biotech and specialty pharmaceuticals industries on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 17 at 10 am.
07:59 EDTACTActavis initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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07:04 EDTIPXLImpax initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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07:03 EDTENDPEndo International initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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07:00 EDTTEVATeva initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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April 15, 2014
12:26 EDTTEVATeva announces launch of generic Lunesta tablets in U.S.
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10:21 EDTACTMylan announces settlement agreement for first-to-file Generess
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08:07 EDTACTActavis announces agreement related to Generess FE patent challenge litigation
Actavis (ACT) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mylan (MYL) and Famy Care to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Mylan's generic version of Generess. Under the terms of the agreement, Actavis will grant Mylan a license to market its generic version of Generess® FE under its pending Abbreviated New Drug Application beginning on April 1, 2015. Alternatively, Mylan will be permitted to launch an authorized generic version of Actavis' product beginning on October 1, 2015. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Actavis remains in litigation with Lupin Ltd in connection with Lupin's pending ANDA for a generic version of Generess.
April 11, 2014
10:30 EDTACTActavis and Mylan shares recommended at Bernstein
07:16 EDTIPXLImpax resubmits new drug application to FDA for Rytary
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April 10, 2014
10:47 EDTIPXL High option volume stocks: KOG PIP IPXL ADP EWH
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