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April 9, 2014
07:09 EDTBAYRY, RBGPF, NVS, SNY, MRKReckitt Benckiser may be frontrunner for Merck unit, Bloomberg reports
Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) is said to have an edge over rivals in bidding for Merck's (MRK) over-the-counter health business, Bloomberg reports. Reckitt is competing against Novartis (NVS), Bayer (BAYRY) and Sanofi (SNY), sources say, and could be the frontrunner because it will be able to generate the most cost savings and have fewer antitrust issues than others. Final bids for the Merck unit are expected on April 16 and sources believe the unit could fetch $10B-$12B.Reference Link
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March 24, 2015
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
11:05 EDTNVSNovartis granted orphan status for medulloblastoma treatment
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck: Phase 3 KEYNOTE-006 study met co-primary endpoints, will be stopped early
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March 23, 2015
09:45 EDTSNY, NVS, MRKUBS to hold a field trip
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09:03 EDTNVSLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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07:17 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
March 20, 2015
12:33 EDTNVSNovartis says CLEAR Phase IIb study met primary endpoint
Novartis announced results from the CLEAR study demonstrating that Cosentyx is significantly superior to Stelara, a widely used biologic, in achieving clear or almost clear skin for psoriasis patients. The detailed findings were presented in a late-breaking research session at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in San Francisco, USA. Cosentyx -- at a dose of 300 mg -- is the first and only interleukin-17A inhibitor approved to treat adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. In this Phase IIIb study, Cosentyx met the primary endpoint of showing superiority to Stelara as assessed by the Psoriasis Area Severity Index 90 response, known as clear to almost clear skin at Week 16. PASI 90 is considered an important measure of treatment success by the European Medicines Agency and an optimal treatment goal for patients. In addition, completely clear skin at Week 16 was achieved by significantly more patients treated with Cosentyx than those receiving Stelara. In addition, Cosentyx demonstrated rapid onset of action and greater efficacy at all time points in the study up to Week 16, with 50% of Cosentyx patients achieving PASI 75 as early as Week 4 compared to Stelara. The CLEAR study follows the pivotal Phase III FIXTURE study, which showed Cosentyx was superior to Enbrel.
07:41 EDTMRK, NVS, BAYRYAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
15:55 EDTNVSAmgen injunction bid for Neupogen biosimilar denied, Reuters reports
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15:13 EDTNVSAmgen denied preliminary injunction for biologics against Novartis, Reuters says
07:09 EDTSNYSanofi reports top-line results for Lyxumia for cardiovascular safety
Sanofi announced top-line results of the Phase IIIb ELIXA cardiovascular outcomes study, which compared lixisenatide to placebo in a high-risk population of adults with type 2 diabetes evaluating cardiovascular safety. The study showed that lixisenatide was non-inferior, although not superior, to placebo for cardiovascular safety. The results will be included in the U.S. New Drug Application of lixisenatide, which is on track to be resubmitted to the FDA in Q3. Lixisenatide is not approved in the U.S.
05:30 EDTSNYSanofi reports lixisenatide was non-inferior, though not superior to placebo
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March 18, 2015
09:32 EDTSNYMannKind faces cash shortfall if $100M debt not settled, TheStreet says
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March 17, 2015
12:51 EDTNVSNovartis hit with $100M gender discrimination lawsuit, Reuters reports
A proposed class action lawsuit against Novartis claims the drug maker routinely denied female employees equal pay and promotional opportunities, reports Reuters. The $110M lawsuit filed on Tuesday says Novartis' Alcon Laboratories maintains a "boy's club atmosphere" that is hostile to women and bars them from leadership positions. Reference Link
10:00 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:02 EDTSNYSanofi says Shantha will provide up to 37M doses of Shan5
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced that its affiliate Shantha Biotechnics of Hyderabad, India has delivered the first 400,000 doses of its pediatric pentavalent vaccine Shan5 to support the immunization of children in the cities of Gwalior and Jabalpur, both in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. In December 2014, following a two-year international tender, Shantha was awarded to supply global health organizations with a total of 37M doses of Shan5 in 2015 and 2016, in a ten-dose vial presentation. This tender provides the basis upon which purchase orders will be made for specific vaccine deliveries throughout the period, the company said.
07:43 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Outperform on abating concerns at Leerink
Leerink upgraded Sanofi to Outperform from Market Perform saying key concerns around the lack of a CEO, Toujeo positioning and guidance are either resolved or largely factored into expectations. The firm believes the company's currency risk is hedged over time and that its multibillion dollar PCSK9 and dupilumab therapy assumptions have further upside potential. It raised its price target for shares to EUR 106 from EUR 85.
05:40 EDTSNYSanofi upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
05:32 EDTNVSIncyte announces Novartis receives EC approval for Jakavi
Incyte (INCY) announced that Novartis (NVS) received approval from the European Commission for Jakavi for the treatment of adult patients with polycythemia vera, or PV, who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakavi is the first targeted treatment approved by the European Commission for these patients. Under the Incyte-Novartis Collaboration and License Agreement signed in 2009, Novartis received exclusive development and commercialization rights to ruxolitinib outside of the United States for all hematologic and oncologic indications, and sells ruxolitinib under the name Jakavi. Ruxolitinib is marketed by Incyte in the United States as Jakafi. Jakafi is approved by the FDA for treatment of people with polycythemia vera who have had an inadequate response to or are intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakafi is also indicated for treatment of people with intermediate or high-risk myelofibrosis, or MF, including primary MF, post–polycythemia vera MF, and post–essential thrombocythemia MF.
05:30 EDTNVSNovartis receives EU approval for Jakavi in polycythemia vera
Novartis announced that the European Commission has approved Jakavi for the treatment of adult patients with polycythemia vera, or PV, who are resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea. Jakavi is the first targeted treatment approved by the European Commission for these patients. Jakavi is the only JAK 1/2 inhibitor available to treat PV and is also currently approved in more than 80 countries to treat myelofibrosis.
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