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April 8, 2014
07:08 EDTMNK, QCOR, ACT, VRXDrug deals increase to new high, Bloomberg says
M&A activity in the specialty pharmaceuticals industry has reached a new high after Mallinckrodt (MNK) recently bought Questcor (QCOR) for $5.6B, reported Bloomberg. Drugmakers from Actavis (ACT) to Valeant (VRX) are widening their suites of drugs through takeovers that immediately increased earnings with the help of lower corporate tax rates in countries such as Ireland. Reference Link
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August 22, 2014
06:45 EDTVRXJudge refuses to prevent special Allergan shareholder meeting, NY Times says
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August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTACT, MNKDEA 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
09:42 EDTVRXValeant to sell Precision's assets related to two acne treatments
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07:55 EDTACTActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTACTPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
07:38 EDTACTSupernus announces paragraph IV Abbreviated NDA filing for Trokendi XR
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August 20, 2014
17:59 EDTVRXAllergan talks with Salix in defense tactic said to be dormant, Bloomberg says
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17:35 EDTVRXAllergan said to explore options outside of Salix acquisition, Bloomberg says
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10:53 EDTVRXAnalysts say Salix takeover would boost Allergan
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09:46 EDTVRXAllergan merger deal not imminent, CNBC's Faber reports
An acquisition by Allergan (AGN) is not imminent, CNBC's David Faber reports. Salix (SLXP) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) are said to be potential targets of the company, Faber adds. Valeant (VRX) could announce over the next few days that it has enough votes to call for a special meeting, the reported said.
07:07 EDTVRXSome Valeant shareholders express uncertainty over Allergan deal, Reuters says
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:52 EDTVRXAllergan all-cash deal would reduce hostile bid chances, says BMO Capital
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13:13 EDTVRXAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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11:18 EDTACTDepomed announces favorable ruling in Gralise case
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10:32 EDTACTDepomed higher after favorable ruling in Gralise case
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09:21 EDTMNKMallinckrodt now a component of the S&P 500 Index
The inclusion comes following the completion of Mallinckrodt’s acquisition of Questcor Pharmaceuticals last week. In addition to increasing the market capitalization of Mallinckrodt, the combination has significantly strengthened the company’s balance sheet, cash generation and leverage position.
07:26 EDTACTActavis confirms positive results from RECLAIM pivotal Phase III studies
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August 18, 2014
15:59 EDTVRXAllergan CFO change may suggest strategic deal near, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes former Allergan (AGN) CFO Jeff Edwards would not be leaving if a change of control of the company, such as a takeover by Valeant (VRX), were in the future. Rather, BMO thinks Edwards' decision to leave could be a sign that a strategic transaction marking a new chapter in Allergan's growth may be nearing. The firm thinks Allergan is in capable hands with new CFO Jim Hindman and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock with a $230 price target.
10:06 EDTACTLannett surges after upbeat Q4, FY14 outlook
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