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December 19, 2014
15:18 EDTAZNAstraZeneca confirms FDA approval of LYNPARZA
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12:12 EDTAZNMyriad Genetics receives FDA approval of BRACAnalysis CDx
Myriad Genetics (MYGN) announced that it has received approval from the U.S. FDA for BRACAnalysis CDx to be used as the only companion diagnostic in conjunction with AstraZeneca's (AZN) drug Lynparza. Lynparza is the first poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor for patients with germline mutations in BRCA1/2 advanced ovarian cancer who have had three or more lines of chemotherapy. BRACAnalysis CDx is Myriad's first FDA-approved companion diagnostic for use with a novel PARP inhibitor. BRACAnalysis CDx is a highly accurate molecular companion diagnostic test that identifies deleterious or suspected deleterious mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, using DNA obtained from a blood sample. BRACAnalysis CDx was proven in clinical studies to effectively identify patients with BRCA mutations who would be candidates for Lynparza. The approval of BRACAnalysis CDx demonstrates Myriad's commitment to developing companion diagnostics and is the culmination of an intensive, multiyear scientific collaboration with AstraZeneca to advance personalized medicine for women with ovarian cancer.
11:45 EDTAZNFDA approves Lynparza to treat advanced ovarian cancer
The U.S. FDA granted accelerated approval to Lynparza, a new drug treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes, as detected by an FDA-approved test. Lynparza is marketed by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, based in Wilmington, Delaware. Reference Link
11:32 EDTPFELigand reports Pfizer receives EU marketing authorization for Duavive
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) announced that its partner Pfizer (PFE) has received EU marketing authorization for DUAVIVE from the European Commission. In the EU, DUAVIVE is indicated for the treatment of estrogen deficiency symptoms in postmenopausal women with a uterus for whom treatment with progestin-containing therapy is not appropriate. Ligand will be entitled to a milestone payment following Pfizer obtaining pricing of DUAVIVE in a major European market, the company stated.
09:37 EDTCELGActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA BBRY AMZN CELG GILD JCP AMAT FB
08:14 EDTCELGCelgene reports positive CHMP opinion to extend REVLIMID indicated use
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08:08 EDTTEVATeva Announces FDA Approval of QNASL for young children
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December 18, 2014
12:55 EDTTEVA, PFECourt delays Teva's launch of generic Celebrex, Globes reports
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12:46 EDTTEVATeva in legal dispute with former Russian partner, Globes reports
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08:03 EDTPFEPfizer reports statistically significant results in Phase 3 pregabalin study
Pfizer announced top-line results from a double-blind Phase 3 study evaluating pregabalin controlled-release formulation in adult patients with postherpetic neuralgia. The results show that pregabalin CR resulted in a statistically significant positive effect compared to placebo in the primary endpoint, time to loss of therapeutic response in pain reduction. PHN is a type of peripheral neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage. Symptoms include continued burning or electric shock-like pain.1 This study is the final of three Phase 3 studies of the pregabalin CR formulation conducted to ascertain the potential use of pregabalin as a once-a-day therapy. The first study in adults with partial onset seizures with epilepsy did not meet its primary endpoint. In the second study in patients with fibromyalgia, pregabalin CR had a statistically significant positive effect compared to placebo in the primary endpoint, time to LTR in pain reduction. The objective of the Phase 3 double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of pregabalin CR compared with placebo in the durability of effect for the treatment of pain associated with PHN among patients who initially respond to single-blind pregabalin.
07:28 EDTPFEPfizer shares poised to perform well in 2015, says Deutsche Bank
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06:33 EDTNPSPNPS Pharmaceuticals coverage resumed with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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December 17, 2014
13:32 EDTTEVAPerrigo jumps after analyst discusses potential takeover by Teva
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11:28 EDTNPSPNPS Pharmaceuticals calls active on Shire considering bid report
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11:13 EDTNPSPShire considering bid for NPS Pharmaceuticals, Bloomberg reports
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10:49 EDTNPSPNPS Pharmaceuticals jumps 12%, halted after report of potential Shire bid
Shire (SHPG) has NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) on the top of its list of potential takeover targets, but is also said to be considering other targets, according to Bloomberg.
10:47 EDTNPSPNPS Pharmaceuticals said to be on top of Shire takeover list, Bloommberg says
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10:47 EDTNPSPNPS halted for volatility after Bloomberg says Shire considers bid
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09:26 EDTTEVAPerrigo would be good acquisition for Teva, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital views Perrigo (PRGO) as an attractive acquisition target and says in a note to investors that it thinks a takeover could be a good strategic fit with solid accretion for Teva (TEVA). Teva has interest in over-the-counter products and its growth rate would be boosted by the merger, RBC believes. The firm assumes a $200 per share value for Perrigo in its acquisition assumptions. Shares of the over-the-counter and generic pharmaceuticals company closed yesterday at $153.77.
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer initiates Phase 2 PF-06252616 study
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06:14 EDTALKSAlkermes price target raised to $72 from $60 at Citigroup
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December 16, 2014
09:52 EDTTEVAFDA ruling on generic Celebrex reversed by appeals court
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December 15, 2014
18:32 EDTPFEPfizer announces Palbociclib PALOMA-1 data published in The Lancet Oncology
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12:09 EDTPFEPfizer increases dividend 8% to 28c per share
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10:40 EDTPFEOPKO Health deal with Pfizer removes financing overhang, says Ladenburg
Ladenburg views the agreement OPKO Health (OPK) signed with Pfizer (PFE) as a significant positive catalyst since the company is partnering with an established leader in short-acting hGH and because the large upfront payment removes near-term financing needs as an overhang on the stock. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and $14.50 price target on OPKO, but said it will re-examine its projections after the deal closes.
10:19 EDTPFEOPKO Health soars after entering hGP-CTP agreement with Pfizer
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09:03 EDTPFEBaxter to divest Vero cell vaccines platform to Nanotherapeutics
Baxter International (BAX) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its proprietary Vero cell technology and related assets, including its production facility in Bohumil, Czech Republic, to Nanotherapeutics, Inc. Financial details were not disclosed. The agreement with Nanotherapeutics includes all assets related to the platform, including vaccines for H5N1, H1N1 and seasonal influenza. The agreement also includes investigational vaccine programs for Ross River virus, Chikungunya disease and West Nile virus. In recent weeks, the company has also completed the sale of its commercial vaccines business and related manufacturing facilities to Pfizer (PFE).
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer, OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP
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07:33 EDTAZNAdvaxis announces FDA acceptance of INDA to commence clinical trials of ADXS-HPV
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07:08 EDTACORAcorda Therapeutics announces initiation of Phase 3 dalfampridine trial
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07:02 EDTALKSAlkermes announces initiation of Phase 1 aripiprazole lauroxil study
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTTEVAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:49 EDTTEVATeva upgraded at Sterne Agee
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08:01 EDTCELGPiper predicts two large-cap biotechs could be acquired in 2015
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07:06 EDTTEVATeva upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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December 11, 2014
16:03 EDTAZNAmgen, AstraZeneca to present results from Phase 3 plaque psoriasis study
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09:39 EDTTEVATeva FY15 outlook appears strong, reasonable, says BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTAZNCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
07:24 EDTTEVATeva to host conference call
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07:12 EDTTEVATeva sees FY15 Copaxone sales $3.5B-$3.7B
Sees FY15 Treanda sales $670M-$750M. Sees FY15 ProAir family sales $470M-$580M, Azilect sales $350M-$400M and Nuvigil sales $300M-$330M. Erez Vigodman, President & CEO of Teva, said, "Generics remain at the heart of our business, both as the cornerstone of the Company, but also as an area that has great impact on society. At the same time, we anticipate four specialty product approvals and five submissions in 2015 – which we believe will improve treatment options for patients, and add value for all of our stakeholders." The company expects 2015 generic revenues in the United States to be $4.2B-$4.6B, $2.6B-$3.0B in Europe and $2.0B-$2.3B in its ROW markets. Results of its specialty segment are expected to be impacted by the introduction of two AB-rated generic competitors to Copaxone in the U.S. beginning in September 2015, which is a modeling assumption only, as well as by increased competition from oral products for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. In addition, the company is expecting to invest in a significant number of product launches and in its specialty pipeline. "All of these will result in lower profit and profitability, as we focus on generating growth over the next few years," Teva said.
07:08 EDTTEVATeva sees FY15 gross profit 59.5%-61.5%
Teva sees FY15 cash flow from operations $4.3B-$4.7B and free cash flow $3.5B-$3.7B.
07:07 EDTTEVATeva sees spending $1B-$1.2B on share buybacks in 2015
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07:02 EDTTEVATeva sees FY15 EPS $5.00-$5.30, consensus $5.06
Sees FY15 revenue $19B-$19.4B, consensus $20.07B.
December 10, 2014
08:31 EDTTEVA, PFETeva announces launch of first generic Celebrex capsules in the U.S.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) announces the launch of the first FDA-approved generic equivalent to Celebrex Capsules in the United States. Teva is offering 50, 100, 200, and 400 mg strengths of Celecoxib Capsules. Celebrex Capsules, marketed by Pfizer (PFE) had annual sales of approximately $2.56B in the United States, according to IMS data as of October 2014.
07:38 EDTPFEMylan launches generic version of Pfizer's Celebrex capsules
Mylan (MYL) announced the U.S. launch of its Celecoxib Capsules, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, and 400 mg, one of the first available generic versions of Pfizer's (PFE) Celebrex Capsules, indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, and for the management of acute pain in adults. Celecoxib Capsules had U.S. sales of approximately $2.5B for the 12 months ending September 30, 2014.
07:02 EDTACORAcorda Therapeutics announces initiation of Phase 3 CVT-301 trial
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December 9, 2014
14:10 EDTCELGCelgene ISTODAX combination demonstrates complete response in 51% of patients
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12:22 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Senior Research Analyst Schimmer, along with Biopharmaceuticals Analyst Breazzano, discuss gene therapy for hemophilia on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 11 at 10 am.
10:32 EDTPFEPfizer says in talks with FDA on path forward for Mylotarg
Pfizer announced the presentation of encouraging early- and late-stage data from clinical studies across several hematologic malignancies, including acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia. Among the highlights are results from several investigator-led, large, randomized studies evaluating the antibody-drug conjugate MYLOTARG in select adult AML populations. Research was presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, December 6-9. Mace Rothenberg, senior vice president of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for Pfizer Oncology, said “In particular, we are encouraged by the significant clinical evidence emerging from large randomized trials, such as AML-19 and ALFA-0701, demonstrating a positive impact of MYLOTARG when added to standard first-line treatment for patients with acute myeloid leukemia. We are engaging in discussions with the U.S. FDA and other health authorities to determine the best path forward for MYLOTARG. In addition, we plan to initiate an expanded access protocol for the therapy by the end of 2014 in the United States in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia for whom there are no other treatment options.”
09:10 EDTAZNARIAD takeover rumors rekindled, Independent says
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08:34 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $130 from $102 at Argus
Argus hiked its price target on Celgene as the firm thinks the company posted solid Q3 results, while it is continuing to make progress in its pipeline. Argus keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:28 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $130 from $112 at UBS
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08:02 EDTAZNMoventig approved in EU for opioid-induced constipation
Nektar (NKTR) reported partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that MOVENTIG has been granted Marketing Authorisation by the European Commission for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to laxative. MOVENTIG is the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist to be approved in the European Union.
07:44 EDTPFE, CELG, AZN, TEVAAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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05:46 EDTCELGCelgene presents POMALYST/IMNOVID Phase IIIb study results at ASH meeting
Celgene announced that results from the STRATUS trial, a single-arm phase IIIb study of pomalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma were presented at the 56th American Society of Hematology annual meeting. Pomalidomide is marketed as POMALYST in the United States and IMNOVID in the European Union. In the study, 599 patients with refractory, or relapsed and refractory, disease who had previously failed lenalidomide and bortezomib had been enrolled at the time of the data cutoff. The primary endpoint was safety, and key secondary endpoints included pomalidomide exposure, overall response rate, or ORR, duration of response, or DOR, progression-free survival, or PFS, overall survival, or OS, and cytogenetic analyses. Patients had a median five prior therapies. All patients received thromboprophylaxis with low-dose aspirin, low-molecular-weight heparin, or equivalent. At a median follow-up of 6.8 months with a median four cycles received, the median PFS and OS were 4.2 months and 11.9 months, respectively. The ORR was 35%, with 8% of patients achieving at least a very good partial response, or VGPR. The median DOR was 6.8 months. In patients refractory to prior lenalidomide or lenalidomide and bortezomib, similar PFS, OS, and ORR were achieved.
05:22 EDTCELGCelgene reports REVLIMID study data suggests improved response rates, PFS, OS
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05:17 EDTCELGCelgene reports Vidaza Phase III study shows doubled overall survival times
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December 8, 2014
14:06 EDTCELGCelgene reports luspatercept, sotatercept increased hemoglobin levels in trials
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13:54 EDTCELGCelgene announces results from phase lll Revlimid study
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13:32 EDTPFEPfizer, Bristol-Myers announce results of human study on Eliquis
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and Pfizer (PFE) announced results of the first human study evaluating the reversal of the anticoagulant effect of Eliquis by 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrates in healthy subjects. The study results demonstrated that both PCCs, Sanquin’s Cofact and CSL Behring’s Beriplex P/N reversed the steady-state pharmacodynamic effects of Eliquis in several coagulation assessments, including endogenous thrombin potential. The full data will be presented today during the Antithrombotic Therapy: Anticoagulant Therapy session at the 56th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco, CA. The study was an open label, randomized, placebo-controlled, three-period crossover study in 15 healthy, adult subjects. Within each period, subjects received Eliquis 10 mg twice daily. On day four, three hours after Eliquis administration, subjects received a 30-minute infusion of 4-factor PCCs, either 50 IU/kg Cofact or Beriplex P/N, or an equivalent volume of saline solution. The effect of Cofact and Beriplex P/N on the pharmacodynamics of Eliquis was based upon changes in endogenous thrombin potential, a measure of thrombin-mediated coagulation. Treatment periods were separated by an 11-day washout, after which the alternate treatment was administered. In this study, no serious adverse events, bleeding-related events or signs of thrombosis were reported with Eliquis administration with or without PCC treatment. Overall, these data demonstrate that Cofact and Beriplex P/N reversed the steady-state pharmacodynamic effects of Eliquis as measured by ETP and support further evaluation of PCCs in the management of patients treated with Eliquis who require reversal of its anticoagulant effect.
11:30 EDTTEVALeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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08:50 EDTALKSAlkermes price target raised to $63 on pipeline catalysts at Credit Suisse
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08:21 EDTTEVAMerck says looked at all risks, including patent litgation, before Cubist deal
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08:03 EDTPFEPfizer announces agreement with Spark Therapeutics to develop SPK-FIX
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07:36 EDTCELGAgios announces Celgene to extend discovery phase of collaboration to April 2016
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) announced that Celgene (CELG) has elected to extend the period of its exclusivity for an additional year to April 2016 under the global strategic collaboration agreement. The two companies have been working together since April 2010 to discover, develop and commercialize disease-altering therapies in oncology arising from Agios' cancer metabolism research platform. The terms of the collaboration extension are consistent with previously agreed upon financial terms. As a result of the extension, Celgene will maintain its exclusive option to drug candidates that emerge from Agios' cancer metabolism research platform through April 2016. Agios will receive a $20M payment. Following this extension, the discovery portion of the collaboration will expire on April 14, 2016. Under the terms of the original agreement announced in April 2010, Agios leads research, preclinical and early development efforts through Phase 1, while Celgene receives an option to obtain exclusive rights either upon IND acceptance or at the end of Phase 1, to further development and commercialize medicines emerging from Agios' cancer metabolism research. Celgene would lead and fund global development and commercialization of some of these drugs, and Agios would retain development and commercialization rights for certain drugs in the United States. On all programs, Agios is eligible to receive up to $120M in milestone-based payments as well as royalties on any sales.
07:17 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $131 from $120 at Cantor
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07:05 EDTAZNInnocoll appoints Tony Zook as CEO
Innocoll AG (INNL) announced that Tony Zook, formerly executive vice president, Global Commercial Operations, at AstraZeneca (AZN), has been appointed CEO effectively immediately. Michael Myers, will continue with the company as head of Portfolio Operations.
06:47 EDTTEVAArena says Teva files marketing authorization of Belviq in Israel
Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) disclosed late Friday that Teva Pharmaceutical's (TEVA) local Israeli subsidiary, Abic Marketing Limited, has filed for marketing authorization of Belviq in Israel. In connection with the filing, Arena will receive a milestone payment of $250K.
05:35 EDTCELGCelgene REVLIMID, low-dose dexamethasone increased PFS
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December 7, 2014
16:40 EDTCELGAgios announces new data from Ongoing Phase 1 trial of AG-221
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14:10 EDTCELGAmerican Society of Hematology to hold a meeting
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13:16 EDTCELGCelgene, Acceleron announced data from luspatercept phase 2 clinical trial
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December 6, 2014
09:28 EDTCELGCelgene to hold an analyst and investor event
Analyst and Investor Event being held in conjunction with the American Society of Hematology's 56th Annual Meeting in San Francisco on December 7 at 11 pm. Webcast Link
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