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February 7, 2013
12:02 EDTMRK, MYLMerck win over Mylan related to Zetia, Vytorin patents upheld on appeal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling in Merck's (MRK) favor in two jointly related patent infringement suits against Mylan Pharmaceuticals (MYL). The lower court previously found that Merck's patent which covers ezetimibe, an active ingredient in both Zetia and Vytorin, was valid and enforceable. The lower court also issued an injunction blocking the approval of Mylan's generic versions until the expiration of Merck's patent. Reference Link
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July 26, 2015
18:22 EDTMYLMedia reports say Teva to buy Allergan unit as it looks beyond Mylan
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12:30 EDTMYLTeva nears deal to buy Allergan generics unit for $40.5B, Bloomberg says
Teva (TEVA) is nearing a deal to buy Allergan's (AGN) generic drug unit for roughly $40.5B and an agreement could be announced as early as Monday, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said Teva also plans to withdraw its bid for Mylan (MYL) as soon as Monday. Reference Link
12:17 EDTMYLTeva to cancel Mylan bid, plans offer for Allergan generics unit, Bloomberg says
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July 24, 2015
06:56 EDTMYLPaulson may play key role in Teva-Mylan-Perrigo drama, CTFN says
John Paulson's hedge fund, Paulson & Co., has upped its stake in Mylan (MYL) to 4.65%, which is below the threshold that would compel it to disclose its plans to the U.S. SEC but high enough for it to obtain standing before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber, which would hear any legal challenge to the "stichting" maneuver the company is employing to avoid a takeover by Teva (TEVA), said CTFN. The takeover fight is most likely headed for court in Amsterdam after Mylan's shareholder foundation exercised an option to acquire shares and Paulson's involvement is noteworthy since he teamed with Centaurus Capital in 2007 to thwart a stichting ploy used by Stork, the report noted. Reference Link
July 23, 2015
11:04 EDTMRKMerck announces EMA acceptance of MAA for grazoprevir/elbasvir
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09:04 EDTMYLTeva says 'strongly disagrees' with Stichting stated analysis
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) issued the following statement regarding Stichting Preferred Shares Mylan’s (MYL) decision to exercise its call option: "We strongly disagree with the stated analysis of Stichting Preferred Shares Mylan and its decision to exercise its call option, which is unwarranted, relies on false assumptions, and risks depriving Mylan stockholders and other stakeholders of the value inherent in a combination of Teva and Mylan. We continue to believe that our proposed transaction offers a compelling opportunity for value-creation and many other benefits for the stockholders, customers, patients, and employees of both companies. We are well advised on Dutch law, including the ability of Mylan stockholders to challenge this action in court, and are prepared to take the necessary actions at the appropriate time."
08:48 EDTMYLMylan, Teva lower after Stitching looks to thwart hostile deal
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08:48 EDTMYLMylan confirms exercise of full call option by independent foundation
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08:34 EDTMYLMylan foundation exercises call option to 'level playing field'
08:33 EDTMYLMylan foundation says shareholders at risk of Teva takeover
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July 22, 2015
10:06 EDTMYLAbbott CEO says supportive of Mylan pursuit of Perrigo
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09:30 EDTMYLAbbott CEO says 'pretty alligned' with Mylan so far
07:04 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda approved by EU for treatment of advanced melanoma in adults
Merck announced that the European Commission has approved KEYTRUDA, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of advanced melanoma in adults. The European Commission approval of pembrolizumab is based on data from three clinical studies conducted in more than 1,500 first-line and previously-treated patients with advanced melanoma. Pembrolizumab received European Commission regulatory approval based on Phase 3 data which showed it is the first and only anti-PD-1 therapy to provide a statistically superior survival benefit as a monotherapy compared to ipilimumab, the current standard of care for advanced melanoma. Today’s approval allows marketing of pembrolizumab in all 28 EU member states at the approved dose of 2 mg/kg every three weeks. The European Commission’s approval is based on data from three studies -- KEYNOTE-001, KEYNOTE-002 and KEYNOTE-006. These studies evaluated the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab in advanced melanoma patients – across treatment lines, prognostic factors, tumor characteristics, and BRAF mutational status – and established 2 mg/kg every three weeks as the approved dose.
06:05 EDTMRKMerck, Ablynx expand immuno-oncology collaboration
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July 20, 2015
08:38 EDTMYLAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:33 EDTMYLInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTMYLZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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July 17, 2015
08:38 EDTMYLLeerink puts 25% odds on Teva, Mylan deal within 12 months
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July 14, 2015
09:53 EDTMYLAdvocacy groups ask FTC to block Teva-Mylan deal, Bloomberg reports
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07:32 EDTMYLMylan launches Memantine Hydrochloride Tablets USP in the U.S.
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