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April 4, 2014
08:07 EDTMRKMerck, Ferring announce collaboration with WHO
Merck and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced their collaboration with the World Health Organization to advance a new, proprietary formulation of carbetocin, used to prevent excessive bleeding in women after childbirth, that is designed to be stable at room temperature, even in hot and tropical climates. Currently, oxytocin, the standard medicine administered for the prevention of excessive bleeding, is temperature-sensitive and requires sustained cold distribution and storage in hot climates. The WHO will conduct a multi-country clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of room-temperature-stable carbetocin, as compared to oxytocin. The development of a medicine that can be stored at room temperature has the potential to significantly improve management of bleeding following childbirth in the many areas of the world where cold storage is difficult to achieve and maintain, and thereby help reduce maternal deaths in those areas. Starting this year, the study will take place in 12 countries around the world and enroll approximately 29,000 women. If the results of the study are positive, the organizations will work together with the aim of making the medicine available in developing countries that have a high burden of maternal mortality at an affordable and sustainable public-sector price.
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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.
July 15, 2014
11:13 EDTMRKPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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08:11 EDTMRKMerck looks to revive livestock drug Zilmax, WSJ says
Merck has been preparing to conduct a large-scale study this summer to evaluate the safety of its Zilmax feed additive, which the company pulled from the U.S. market last year over concerns in the beef industry that the drug made it difficult for some animals to walk, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:35 EDTMRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
July 10, 2014
16:12 EDTMRKMedivation names Dawn Svoronos as Chief Commercial Officer
Medivation (MDVN) announced Dawn Svoronos has been appointed as its chief commercial officer, reporting to David Hung, M.D., founder, CEO and president of Medivation. Svoronos currently is a member of Medivation's Board of Directors and is a former president of Europe and Canada for Merck & Co. (MRK), where she oversaw commercial operations in approximately 30 EU and EU accession countries. Svoronos will lead Medivation's commercial organization on an interim basis and will participate in the company's search for a permanent chief commercial officer. Cheryl Cohen, Medivation's former chief commercial officer, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.
July 8, 2014
07:17 EDTMRKLeerink raises immuno-oncology market forecast to $36B
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