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January 9, 2014
10:29 EDTJNJ, SNY, ABBVJohnson & Johnson advances after Jefferies upgrade
Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) are climbing after Jefferies upgraded its rating on the stock. WHAT'S NEW: Johnson & Johnson's stock has reached "a great entry point," Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford wrote in a note to investors. The execution of the company's pharmaceutical business continues to be excellent, Holford believes. The unit's growth is being driven by the company's Zytiga prostate cancer treatment and its Xarelto drug which is used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation, as well as another drug, Invokana, which improves glycemic control in some diabetes patients, the analyst contended. In the future Johnson & Johnson will also be helped by some of its new products, and investors are under-appreciating this upcoming catalyst, added Holford. Meanwhile, the company's consumer business should rebound, as its manufacturing issues should no longer have much of an impact on revenue, the analyst stated. The analyst is also more upbeat on the company's ibrutnib treatment for mantle cell lymphoma He upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the shares to $108 from $102. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Sanofi (SNY) is Holford's top European pick in the pharmaceutical market, while AbbVie (ABBV) is his top American pick. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Johnson & Johnson rose 70c, or 0.74%, to $94.84.
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September 2, 2014
07:21 EDTSNYRegeneron data positive, says RBC Capital
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07:12 EDTABBVCredit Suisse names its Top U.S. Pharmaceutical picks for 2H
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06:36 EDTABBVMedtronic, AbbVie reimburse executives for inversion-triggered taxes, WSJ says
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August 31, 2014
14:22 EDTSNYSanofi, Regeneron announce results from four Phase 3 ODYSSEY trials
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14:04 EDTJNJWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
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12:50 EDTSNYEuropean Society of Cardiology to hold a conference
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August 29, 2014
12:23 EDTSNYNovartis drug data to be presented this weekend
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10:06 EDTSNYSanofi unit treatment of Fabry's disease granted orphan status
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08:18 EDTSNYPerrigo among companies showing interest in Omega Pharma, Bloomberg says
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August 28, 2014
17:42 EDTJNJJ&J begins sales process for its medical device unit Cordis, WSJ says
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August 25, 2014
12:19 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:48 EDTSNYSanofi and Regeneron co-host a conference call
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10:40 EDTSNYBiotechs rise after InterMune acquired by Roche
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08:27 EDTJNJJanssen Affiliate Cilag acquires Covagen, terms not disclosed
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07:03 EDTJNJVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
August 22, 2014
12:39 EDTSNYThese five companies will benefit from increased ALS awareness, MarketWatch says
A recent surge in funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, caused by the Ice Bucket challenge that is widespread on social media outlets, will benefit five pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the development of a cure for ALS, according to MarketWatch. The companies that are or have been involved in developing a treatment for ALS include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS), Sanofi (SNY), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), MarketWatch added. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTABBVDEA restricts painkiller drug prescriptions to curb abuse, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, will reclassify hydrocodone combination painkiller drugs and place them in the category of medical substances that have the highest potential for harm in an attempt to curb the widespread abuse of the drugs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rescheduling of the drugs will take effect in 45 days and result in people being able to obtain the drug for only 90 days without obtaining a new prescription. Major manufacturers of these drugs include Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), Mallinckrodt (MNK), AbbVie (ABBV), and Actavis (ACT). Reference Link
07:57 EDTABBVGilead HCV risks overblown, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that investors are concerned about upcoming competition to Gilead's (GILD) HCV drug from AbbVie's (ABBV) HCV treatment. But Bernstein says that insurers can only prevent 16% of the U.S. population from receiving Gilead's drug, and the firm does not expect the HCV market share dynamics to change in the near-term. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
05:42 EDTJNJ, SNYIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 19, 2014
16:46 EDTSNYFDA approves Genzyme Cerdelga capsules
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