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April 1, 2014
05:38 EDTHSP, MDCOThe Medicines Co. provides update on Angiomax patent litigation
On March 31, Judge Andrews in the U.S. District Court of Delaware issued his Trial Opinion in The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc. The case involves Hospira's (HSP) Abbreviated New Drug Applications, or ANDAs, seeking approval to commercially manufacture, use or sell a generic version of The Medicines Company's (MDCO) Angiomax bivalirudin drug product before the expiration of the patents covering this product. The Delaware Decision follows a September 23-25, 2013 bench trial. With respect to patent validity, the Court held that the two patents in the case, U.S. Patent Nos. 7,582,727 and 7,598,343 were valid on all grounds. Specifically, the Court found that Hospira had failed to prove that the patents were either anticipated and/or obvious. The Court further held that the patents satisfied the written description requirement, were enabled and were not indefinite. With respect to infringement, based on its July 2013 Markman Decision, the Court found that Hospira's ANDAs did not meet the "efficient mixing" claim limitation and thus did not infringe the asserted claims of the '727 and '343 patents. The Court found that the other claim limitations in dispute were present in Hospira's ANDA products. The Court has not yet entered a final judgment. Any appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit would need to be filed within 30 days of such entry. The '727 and '343 patents expire in 2028.
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December 18, 2014
07:01 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co., SciClone establish strategic partnership
The Medicines Company (MDCO) and SciClone Pharmaceuticals (SCLN) announced the establishment of a strategic partnership for two cardiovascular products in China. The partnership includes an agreement granting SciClone a license and the exclusive rights in China to promote two products of The Medicines Company: ANGIOMAX for Injection, an anticoagulant indicated in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with provisional use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor and in patients with, or at risk of, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis syndrome undergoing PCI. A Phase 3 registration trial was completed in China and is currently under review by the China Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval. CLEVIPREX Injectable Emulsion, a third-generation dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker indicated for the reduction of blood pressure when oral therapy is not feasible or desirable. The clinical trial application for China was filed in 2013. Under the terms of the agreement, SciClone will be responsible for all aspects of commercialization, including pre- and post-launch activities, for both products in the China market excluding Hong Kong and Macau. SciClone has also agreed to assist in the China registration process for both products. Financial terms of the agreement, in addition to net sales royalties payable to The Medicines Company, include the following additional payments to The Medicines Company: an upfront payment; a product support services fee; and regulatory/commercial success milestone payments of up to an aggregate of $50.5M.
December 11, 2014
08:02 EDTMDCOAlnylam, The Medicines Co. announce initiation of Phase 1 ALN-PCSsc trial
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07:13 EDTHSPDanone to discuss whether to keep or sell medical nutrition unit, Reuters says
According to a source, Danone (DANOY) will hold a board meeting today to discuss whether to keep or sell its medical nutrition business, Reuters reports. Previous reports said Danone's board would decide whether to sell the unit to Hospira (HSP) or Fresenius (FMS), with Fresenius as the possible front-runner to enter exclusive talks. Reference Link
December 9, 2014
13:08 EDTHSPMerck may have paid $2B-$3B too much for Cubist, analyst says
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08:23 EDTHSPMerck has 'no way out' of Cubist deal after court decision, says Leerink
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08:12 EDTHSPMerck still sees Cubist acquisition neutral to modestly accretive to 2015 EPS
Merck (MRK) issued the following statement regarding the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The decision, which upheld the patent for CUBICIN that expires on June 15, 2016 and invalidated four others, is subject to appeal. The company continues to believe the acquisition of Cubist (CBST) will create strong fundamental value for Merckís shareholders. The combined strength of both companies will provide both incremental and long-term value, and Merck expects the transaction to add more than $1B of revenue to its 2015 base, with strong growth potential thereafter. The courtís decision does not change Merckís expectation that the transaction will be neutral to modestly accretive to 2015 non-GAAP EPS. The company also continues to expect that the transaction will contribute mid-single digit accretion on a percentage basis to non-GAAP EPS in 2016, and will continue to be accretive thereafter.
December 8, 2014
19:00 EDTHSPCubist CEO says Cubicin patent ruling will not affect Merck transaction
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18:24 EDTHSPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:00 EDTHSPCubist loses bid to stop Hospira's generic Cubicin after 2016, Bloomberg says
Cubist's (CBST) patent for Cubicin that expires in June 2016 upheld by judge, Bloomberg added. Note that this morning Merck (MRK) and Cubist Pharmaceuticals announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash.
17:54 EDTHSPFour Cubist Cubicin patents invalidated as Hospira wins ruling, Bloomberg says
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17:30 EDTHSPMerck shares lower after reports of judge decision in Cubist/Hospira case
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17:03 EDTHSPJudge may have found in favor of Hospira in Cubist case,CNBC's Meg Tirrell says
CNBC's Meg Tirrell said in a tweet: "Whoa. $CBST Hospira decision out -- "appears judge may have found in favor of Hospira on several points," ISI's @MarkSchoenebaum says." Reference Link
12:25 EDTMDCOAntibiotic makers rise after Merck agrees to buy Cubist
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10:11 EDTMDCOHigh option volume stocks
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08:21 EDTHSPMerck says looked at all risks, including patent litgation, before Cubist deal
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