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July 24, 2014
14:35 EDTMYL, ABT, COV, VRX, AGNObama to call for elimination of tax inversion deals, NY Times says
President Obama will call on Congress today to eliminate the tax inversion loophole, according to The New York Times. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbottís (ABT), Medtronic's acquisition of Covidien (COV)and Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Alletgan (AGN)Reference Link
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September 15, 2014
09:32 EDTABTAbbott initiates ABSORB IV trial
Abbott announced the start of the ABSORB IV clinical trial, which will test whether its Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold is more cost-effective and offers a higher quality of life than a permanent, metallic drug eluting stent. Unlike a metallic stent, Absorb completely dissolves over time after doing its job. ABSORB IV is designed to enroll approximately 3K people with coronary artery disease, mostly in the U.S. The ABSORB IV trial is designed to confirm these novel findings that treatment with the Absorb device can help provide people with heart disease a higher quality of life after a heart stent procedure. The data from the ABSORB IV trial will be combined with the data from the ABSORB III trial to create a population of more than 5K people studied in the U.S. This data set, which is the largest of its kind for bioresorbable heart devices, provides an opportunity to evaluate the performance of Absorb compared to the current standard of a metallic drug eluting stent across a number of measures, including the broader health economic impact of this innovative therapy.
07:45 EDTABTCardiovascular Research Foundation to hold a conference
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics: TCT 2014 to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 13-17 with some presentations being webcasted. Webcast Link
07:04 EDTCOVCovidien announces start of enrollment in two neurovascular trials
Covidien announced the start of enrollment in two clinical trials designed to further underscore the safety and effectiveness of the companyís advanced neurovascular solutions. Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, treated the first patient enrolled in the PREMIER Prospective study, an international Investigational Device Exemption clinical study to evaluate the Pipeline embolization device in smaller unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Separately, Baptist Health Lexington in Kentucky, enrolled the first patient in the STRATIS Registry for Endovascular Stroke Devices, which will evaluate the use of all Covidien market-released stroke devices. The PREMIER study will enroll up to 141 patients in 20 global sites and is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Pipeline device in the treatment of unruptured, small and medium wide-necked intracranial aneurysms. The STRATIS Registry, a prospective, multi-center, non-randomized, observational registry designed to evaluate the use of Covidien endovascular stroke devices in patients diagnosed with an acute ischemic stroke. Covidienís current endovascular stroke device in the U.S. is the Solitaireô 2 revascularization device. As many as 60 U.S. sites are expected to participate in the STRATIS Registry, which will enroll up to 1,000 patients to collect clinical outcomes for interventional stroke patients in a real world setting.
06:34 EDTMYLMylan signs agreement with Gilead
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences (GILD), under which Mylan has been licensed the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute sofosbuvir and the investigational single tablet regimen of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in 91 developing countries. Sofosbuvir is marketed by Gilead under the brand name Sovaldi. The countries within the agreement account for more than 100M people living with hepatitis C globally representing 54% of the total global infected population. Under the licensing agreement, Mylan will receive a technology transfer enabling the company to manufacture low-cost versions of the medicines for developing markets.
September 14, 2014
13:30 EDTABTAbbott announces positive one-year clinical results from ABSORB II
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September 12, 2014
08:02 EDTAGN, VRXPershing submits special meeting requests totaling 35% of Allergan shares
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05:09 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan comments on Pershing Square delivery of additional requests
Allergan (AGN) commented on Pershing Square Capital Management delivery of additional requests from stockholders owning 1.5% of Allerganís shares to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders. Allergan will review these requests in addition to the requests from stockholders owning 2.8% of Allerganís shares that were delivered on September 3. The company issued the following statement: Notwithstanding Pershing Square and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) efforts to change the subject, Allergan recognizes that what actually matters is value, and thatís what the company is focusing on delivering to stockholders. In that regard, Allerganís current strategic plan is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth, including estimated 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan has already scheduled the Special Meeting for December 18. As such, the delivery of additional requests for the Special Meeting by Pershing Square is not a meaningful development. The lawsuit in California is seeking an order barring Valeant, Pershing Square, Ackman, and entities affiliated with them from voting shares that Allergan believes were acquired in violation of the federal securities laws, including insider trading. If Allerganís motion for a preliminary injunction is granted, it would prevent Valeant, Pershing Square, and Ackman from voting their shares at any meeting of stockholders.
September 11, 2014
13:41 EDTABTAbbott announces new $3B share repurchase program
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11:08 EDTAGNAllergan shareholders owning 35% to ask for meeting, Reuters says
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09:52 EDTAGN, VRXValeant to submit consent from 35% of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
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September 10, 2014
07:02 EDTMYLMylan to acquire U.S. rights to Arixtra injection from Aspen
Mylan's subsidiary Mylan Ireland Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. commercialization, marketing and intellectual property rights relating to Arixtra Injection and the authorized generic of Arixtra from Aspen Global Incorporated. Arixtra is indicated for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis, which may lead to pulmonary embolism in patients undergoing hip fracture surgery. Mylan already is selling Arixtra in the U.S. through an interim distribution arrangement with Aspen and Apotex is currently selling the AG of Arixtra, which will be transitioning to Mylan Institutional by year end.
September 9, 2014
16:04 EDTAGNPershing Square reports 9.7% stake in Allergan, sends letter to board
Pershing Square Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Allergan that highlights several reasons why Allergan is extremely shareholder unfriendly and why now is the time for Allergan's management team to wake up. In the letter, Pershing Square said: "Since the bid was announced in April, 75% of Allerganís shareholders have sold all or a portion of their investment including the companyís largest shareholder, which has sold its entire position. These shareholders are sending the board a message. They would not have sold if they believed that Allergan stock was worth more than current values... We note CFO Jeff Edwards recent decision to retire from the company at age 53 for family reasons, and his replacement by an investor relations executive rather than an experienced public company CFO. The notion that Allergan should execute the largest acquisition in its history led by an investor relations executive is a frightening proposition. While we respect an executiveís need to retire from a company for family reasons, Edwards exit also calls into question the companyís forward earnings guidance which shareholders expected him to execute on when the Company presented these projections on July 21st. I had expected that at some point one or more directors would have woken up and smelled the coffee. There is still time for a subset of directors to rescue their reputations by taking over leadership of this process from David Pyott and his handpicked advisors and doing what you are paid $400,000 per year to do on behalf of the companyís owners."
06:42 EDTAGN, COV, VRX, ABT, MYLLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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September 8, 2014
17:01 EDTVRXValeant to expand Bausch + Lomb facility, will add 120 new jobs
Valeant Pharmaceuticals announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. The ceremony recognized the expansion and installation of the new manufacturing lines, which will produce the company's silicone hydrogel contact lens, Bausch + Lomb ULTRA. The solar array, which is currently under construction, will generate and supply electricity through the installation of 3,667 solar panels, helping to reduce the Rochester facility's carbon footprint by 800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
11:05 EDTCOV, MYLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: NPSP GILD VNET AVNR GTAT YHOO RHT VRTX SDRL COV MYL
10:04 EDTMYLMylan calls active on activist investor speculation
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09:57 EDTMYLRumor: Mylan moves up on activist investor speculation
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09:27 EDTMYLLeerink biotech analyst holds a luncheon meeting with a conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz provides an update on key trends and controversies for marketed MS therapies and discusses new data presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS at a Luncheon Meeting with an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held in Boston on September 11 at 12:15 pm.
07:21 EDTAGNJazz looks more attractive for Allergan than Salix, says Wells Fargo
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07:03 EDTMYLMylan annoucnes court grants summary judgment in favor of company
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