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January 9, 2014
08:14 EDTNVS, MRKNovartis, Merck in talks to trade different businesses, Bloomberg reports
Novartis (NVS) and Merck (MRK) are in talks to trade its animal-health and human vaccines businesses for the New Jersey drugmakerís over-the-counter health-products unit, sources say, reports Bloomberg. The swap would fit strategies at both companies to focus on core strengths.The two drugmakers may each trade about $5B in assets to do so, sources say.Reference Link
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October 27, 2014
08:30 EDTMRKMerck sees FY14 gross margin slightly lower vs. FY13
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08:25 EDTNVSCSL to acquire Novartis' influenza vaccine business
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07:29 EDTMRK, NVSWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon Pharma 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 27-29.
07:06 EDTMRKMerck reports Q3 Pharmaceutical sales down 4% to $9.13B
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07:03 EDTMRKMerck narrows 2014 EPS outlook to $3.46-$3.50, consensus $3.47
Now sees 2014 revenue $42.4B-$42.8B, consensus $42.55B.
07:01 EDTMRKMerck reports Q3 EPS ex-items 90c, consensus 88c
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06:46 EDTMRKMerck granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for KEYTRUDA by FDA
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06:28 EDTNVSVirbac acquires veterinary assets from Eli Lilly in U.S.
Virbac announces that it has entered into an agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY) to acquire "major" U.S. veterinary products currently marketed by Novartis (NVS) Animal Health. Eli Lilly has agreed to divest these U.S. assets in connection with the U.S. Federal Trade Commissionís review of Eli Lillyís pending acquisition of Novartis Animal Health worldwide. Under the terms of this agreement, Virbac would acquire a combination of titles and rights for the U.S. on trademarks, marketing authorizations, patents, know-how, customer lists and other assets, related to two parasiticides for dogs including Sentinel Flavor Tabs and Sentinel Spectrum, currently marketed in the U.S. by Novartis Animal Health. In the U.S., Sentinel Flavor tabs and Sentinel Spectrum are expected to reach total revenues of approximately $90M-$100M in 2014. Adding these brands and commercial franchise to the current Virbac portfolio of products offered to veterinary clinics and pet owners in the U.S. will strengthen Virbacís presence and penetration in the U.S. companion animal veterinary market and leverage its growth potential. The completion of this transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission, which Virbac expects may be received in the near future. It is also conditioned on the closing of the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health by Eli Lilly and should occur shortly thereafter.
October 24, 2014
13:35 EDTMRKMerck weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 23, 2014
11:57 EDTNVSNovartis management to meet with Jefferies
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05:21 EDTNVSNovartis AIN457 meets primary endpoint in two Phase III studies in AS
Novartis announced that AIN457 met primary and key secondary endpoints in two pivotal Phase III studies, MEASURE 1 and MEASURE 2, in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, or AS. Key endpoints included improvements in signs and symptoms of the disease versus placebo and associated improvements in physical function and quality of life. Secukinumab is an investigational medicine that works by stopping the action of interleukin- 17A, a protein that is central to the development of inflammatory diseases, including AS. MEASURE 1 and MEASURE 2 enrolled a combined total of approximately 600 patients. Detailed results of the studies will be presented at an upcoming medical congress. Joint regulatory applications for secukinumab in AS and PsA are planned for 2015. This follows the secukinumab global regulatory applications for moderate- to-severe plaque psoriasis which were filed in October 2013 with regulatory decisions anticipated in late 2014 or early 2015.
October 22, 2014
07:44 EDTNVSGlaxoSmithKline backs FY14 view for core EPS 'broadly similar' to FY13
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) continues to expect full year 2014 core EPS to be broadly similar to 2013 at CER and on ex-divestment basis. Glaxo says its proposed 3-part transaction with Novartis (NVS) is on track for completion in 1H15.
07:35 EDTMRKCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
07:15 EDTNVSFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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October 20, 2014
15:09 EDTNVSNovartis reports FDA advisory committee recommends approval of secukinumab
Novartis announced the Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to the FDA voted unanimously to support the approval of AIN457, or secukinumab, a selective interleukin-17A inhibitor, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. A Biologics License Application for secukinumab is currently under FDA review with an anticipated action date in early 2015.
08:06 EDTMRKMerck, Sanofi unit announce pediatric hexavalent vaccine BLA
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07:34 EDTMRKAdvaxis names Mauro Chief Medical Officer
Advaxis (ADXS) announced that it has appointed David Mauro, as executive vice president, Chief Medical Officer Mauro most recently served as executive director, section head oncology clinical development at Merck (MRK). In connection with his appointment, Mauro received a one-time inducement award of 165K restricted shares, of which 55K are fully vested and as of the grant date. The remaining shares vest annually over a two-year period.
07:26 EDTNVSFDA Dermatologic & Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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07:19 EDTMRKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTMRKAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
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