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January 11, 2013
07:40 EDTMRKMerck suspends availability of Trepadtive
Merck announced the company is taking steps to suspend the availability of Trepadtive tablets worldwide. Trepadtive is not approved for use in the United States. Merck is taking these steps based on the current understanding of the preliminary data from the HPS2-THRIVE study, and in consultation with regulatory authorities. As previously reported by Merck, HPS2-THRIVE did not achieve its primary endpoint of reduction of major vascular events, and there was a statistically significant increase in the incidence of some types of non-fatal serious adverse events in the group that received Trepadtive compared to statin therapy. The decision to suspend availability of the medicine is aligned with the recommendation of the European Medicine Agency's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee based on the trial's results.
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July 29, 2014
12:13 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:44 EDTMRKMerck CEO says has not been urged for big consolidation deal, CNBC says
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08:32 EDTMRKMerck says not interested in deal solely, primarily for inversion
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07:19 EDTMRKCBI to hold a conference
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06:59 EDTMRKMerck sees FY14 revenue $42.4B-$43.2B, consensus $42.56B
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06:58 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 Januvia sales $1.58B, Q2 Zetia sales $1.13B
Reports Q2 Remicade sales $607M; Q2 Isentress sales $453M; Q2 Gardasili sales $409M; Q2 Proquad sales $326M; Q2 Singulair sales $284M; Q2 Nanosex sales $258M.
06:57 EDTMRKMerck sees FY14 non-GAAP EPS $3.43-$3.53, consensus $3.48
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06:57 EDTMRKMerck reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 85c, consensus 81c
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTMRKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:03 EDTMRKEarnings Preview: Merck's pharmaceutical sales dependent on newer drugs
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10:36 EDTMRKMerck August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Merck August weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, August is at 16, September is at 15, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 result on July 29.
July 24, 2014
08:32 EDTMRKMerck initiates Phase 3 study of Letermovir
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July 21, 2014
07:21 EDTMRKGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
06:43 EDTMRKGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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July 16, 2014
06:26 EDTMRKBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.

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