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May 14, 2014
08:15 EDTZMH, MDT, BCR, JNJ, COV, BSXRepeal of medical device tax pushed by Republicans, Bloomberg says
Republicans are trying to include the repeal of a medical device excise tax that has been opposed by companies such as Medtronic (MDT) and Boston Scientific (BSX) in a package of tax breaks moving through the Senate, reported Bloomberg. Other publicly traded medical device makers include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Zimmer (ZMH), Covidien (COV), and C.R. Bard (BCR). Reference Link
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November 17, 2014
08:57 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 21, January is at 19, February is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 18.
07:16 EDTJNJMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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November 16, 2014
14:08 EDTMDTDaVita announces collaboration with Medtronic
DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) and leading provider of kidney care services, announced a collaboration with Medtronic (MDT) to better understand cardiovascular health in end stage renal disease, ESRD patients. The collaboration will focus on developing a pilot program using Medtronic's Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring system to identify cardiac arrhythmias in patients receiving dialysis. "Medtronic recently announced data at the American Society of Nephrology meeting that showed a higher incidence of arrhythmias in patients receiving hemodialysis," said Ven Manda, vice president, Renal Care Solutions at Medtronic. "We are pleased to pursue this collaboration with DaVita to monitor more patients and gather additional data that will further our understanding of the relationship between dialysis and cardiac events in ESRD patients." "Given the high incidence rate of cardiovascular disease and events in ESRD patients, we believe that by collaborating with Medtronic, we can gain knowledge to help improve the lives of ESRD patients," said Mahesh Krishnan, vice president for clinical innovation and public policy for DaVita HealthCare Partners. "Through the collaboration we expect to utilize innovative monitoring technology and data from our DaVita Kidney Care information systems across the country. This effort is poised to improve the lives of patients by proactively detecting and preventing cardiac complications."
November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTCOVPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:53 EDTJNJCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
12:53 EDTBSXOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
12:43 EDTMDT, COVMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, WSJ reports
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11:50 EDTCOV, MDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, Dow reports
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November 13, 2014
18:07 EDTCOVCovidien' VenaSeal closure system shows positive results
Covidien announced the six-month results of the VeClose pivotal study of the safety and effectiveness of the VenaSeal closure system in patients with chronic venous insufficiency having symptomatic reflux in the great saphenous vein. The VeClose randomized controlled non-inferiority study compared the safety and effectiveness of the VenaSeal system to that of the ClosureFast endovenous radiofrequency ablation catheter. Covidien's ClosureFast catheter is an endovenous radiofrequency ablation catheter designed to collapse and close enlarged leg veins. The VenaSeal system is not approved and currently limited to investigational use in the U.S. At three months, the complete closure of the great saphenous veins achieved in more than 98.9% of patients treated with the VenaSeal system compared to 95.6% of patients treated with the ClosureFast catheter. The closure rate at six months was 98.9% and 94.3%.
17:10 EDTBSXBoston Scientific S-ICD System receives favorable coding, payment designations
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16:35 EDTMDTMedtronic study reveals heart rhythm disorders in patients with ESRD
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16:28 EDTJNJGeron announces global strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech
Geron (GERN) announced that the company has entered into an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, to develop and commercialize, imetelstat, Geron's telomerase inhibitor product candidate, for oncology, including hematologic malignancies, and other human therapeutics uses. Imetelstat is a modified oligonucleotide that is currently in early phase clinical development for myelofibrosis, or MF, and may have activity in other hematologic myeloid malignancies such as myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, and acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML. Under the terms of the agreement, Geron will receive an initial payment of $35M due after the applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott Rodino Act and is eligible to receive additional payments up to a potential total of $900M for the achievement of development, regulatory and commercial milestones, as well as royalties on worldwide net sales. Certain regulatory, development, manufacturing and promotional activities will be managed through a joint governance structure, with Janssen responsible for operational implementation of these activities. All sales will be booked by Janssen.
14:50 EDTMDTLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTMDTLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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13:27 EDTMDT, COVMedtronic likely to continue to make new highs, Barron's says
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11:54 EDTJNJJanssen announces FDA approved sNDA for INVEGA SUSTENNA
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10:44 EDTJNJMallinckrodt news on generic Concerta positive for Actavis, says BMO Capital
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November 12, 2014
07:27 EDTBSXNorth American Spine Society to hold annual meeting
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07:23 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 23, December is at 20, January is at 19, February is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 18.
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