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January 7, 2014
07:12 EDTBIIB, TMO, MYL, VRX, BMY, ABC, BDXGoldman to hold a conference
Healthcare CEOs Unscripted Conference is being held in Boston on January 7.
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November 19, 2014
07:52 EDTBMY, BIIB, VRXInforma Business Information to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTBIIBBiogen price target lowered to $400 from $425 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse lowered Biogen's price target to $400 from $425 based on Gilenya PPMS risk but retains its Outperform rating based on the quality of earnings growth and pipeline.
06:07 EDTBMYBristol-Myers' Opdivo for melanoma shows positive Phase 3 results
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November 18, 2014
13:34 EDTVRXActavis rallies after analysts push targets north of $300
Shares of drug maker Actavis (ACT) are climbing after a number of analysts cheered the company's acquisition of Allergan (AGN), and activist investor Bill Ackman said he supported the transaction, according to CNBC. WHAT'S NEW: Piper Jaffray analyst David Amsellem responded to Actavis' acquisition of Allergan by hiking his price target on the name to $338 from $280. The combined company has durable assets, a cost-efficient infrastructure, and the willingness to maintain a strong R&D infrastructure, contended Amsellem. Actavis' price-to-earnings ratio is likely to increase, since it has durable assets, while it his very likely to sustain growth of at least 10%, the analyst added. He kept an Overweight rating on the shares. Also extremely upbeat on Actavis following the deal was UBS analyst Marc Goodman. Actavis provides "the best value in the sector" following the deal, as the transaction should accelerate the company's revenue and profit growth, Goodman believes. That growth, in turn, should propel Actavis' price-to-earnings multiple higher, the analyst predicted. He hiked his price target on Actavis to $333 from $278 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Pershing Square's Bill Ackman said that he supported Actavis' takeover of Allergan, CNBC reported this morning. The owner of a large stake in Allergan, Ackman had been trying to get the drug maker to sell itself to Valeant (VRX). The activist investor said today that he would no longer push Allergan to hold a special meeting on December 18, CNBC noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Actavis surged 7.5% to $266.50, while Allergan gained 2% to $214.
08:02 EDTVRXValeant announces FDA, Health Canada approval to market Ideal Implant
Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Ideal Implant Incorporated announced the receipt of approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada to market the IDEAL IMPLANT Saline-filled Breast Implant for use in primary breast augmentation or replacement of existing augmentation implants. The FDA approval of the IDEAL IMPLANT was based on an extensive review of various studies and data including a U.S. clinical trial that began in 2009 with 45 plastic surgeons and 502 women, who underwent breast augmentation or replacement of augmentation implants. The clinical trial is on-going and will continue to provide follow-up data through 2020.
07:48 EDTVRXValeant not likely to raise bid for Allergan, says Canaccord
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06:49 EDTVRXValeant likely to pursue more moderate-sized deals, says Piper Jaffray
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November 17, 2014
11:06 EDTBMYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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10:54 EDTTMOThermo Fisher management to meet with ISI Group
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09:32 EDTVRXValeant says cannot justify paying $219 per share for Allergan
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) commented on the announcement that Allergan (AGN) and Actavis (ACT) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire all outstanding shares of Allergan stock: "We have seen the announcement that Allergan and Actavis have made, and while we will review any such agreement in determining our course of action, Valeant cannot justify to its own shareholders paying a price of $219 or more per share for Allergan. Our business is performing extremely well as evidenced by our third quarter results, our expected strong fourth quarter, and our robust outlook for 2015, and I am confident in our continued ability to generate exceptional shareholder value. We will remain focused on delivering strong organic results and evaluating acquisition opportunities as we always have: prudently, in a disciplined manner, and in the best interests of our shareholders."
08:13 EDTBMYPortola, Bristol-Myers, Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA-A studies
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08:10 EDTBMYBristol-Myers presents results from Phase IIIb AVERT trial at ACR
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced results of several new sub-analyses of the Phase IIIb AVERT trial that investigated the use of Orencia plus methotrexate in biologic and MTX-na´ve citrullinated protein-positive early moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis patients. These data were presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology 2014 annual meeting. Orencia is currently indicated in adults for moderate to severe RA. Orencia should not be administered with tumor necrosis factor antagonists and should not be used with other biologic RA drugs. One of the analyses looked at anti-CCP antibodies, which are a marker of RA and may contribute to disease progression. The analysis assessed the development of anti-CCP antibodies in patients with early rapidly progressing RA by measuring isotypes and the number of epitopes recognized after treatment with Orencia plus MTX, Orencia alone, or MTX alone. Results demonstrated Orencia plus MTX numerically reduced the concentrations of all CCP isotypes and the average number of epitopes recognized over one year of treatment more than Orencia alone or MTX alone. Over 12 months of treatment, 6.7 percent, 12.1 percent, and 7.8 percent of patients on Orencia plus MTX, Orencia alone, and MTX alone, respectively, experienced a serious adverse event and 1.7 percent, 4.3 percent and 2.6 percent led to discontinuation. Serious infections were observed in 0.8 percent of patients in the combination arm and 3.4 percent in the Orencia monotherapy arm. None of the patients in the MTX alone arm experienced a serious infection. Malignancies were reported in 0.8 percent, 1.7 percent, and 0 percent of patients in the Orencia + MTX, Orencia, and MTX arms, respectively. Additionally at ACR, investigators presented 12-month efficacy data from AVERT, including new results assessing the effect of Orencia on more clinically stringent remission criteria than DAS-defined remission, as well as new MRI data. Significantly more patients on Orencia plus MTX achieved the stringent clinical endpoint of Boolean-defined remission at 12 months.
06:05 EDTVRXActavis close to buying Allergan for over $64B, Bloomberg reports
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November 16, 2014
14:02 EDTVRXAllergan, Actavis move closer to deal, WSJ reports
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13:07 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces results from CheckMate -066 study
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November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTTMOPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:53 EDTBMYCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
09:38 EDTVRXJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
07:14 EDTBMYAmerican College of Rheumatology is holding a meeting
2014 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is being held in Boston on November 14-19.
06:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers to construct biologics manufacturing facility in Ireland
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