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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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April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTNVS, MRKPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers 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). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
18:00 EDTMRKU.S. FDA approves Merck's GRASTEK
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14:42 EDTNVSAlnylam slips after Novartis reportedly cuts back RNAi development
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11:48 EDTNVSNovartis significantly reducing RNAi development efforts, FierceBiotech says
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06:08 EDTMRKMerck volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 11, 2014
05:22 EDTMRKMerck says Hepatitis C combination therapy shows antiviral activity
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April 10, 2014
17:44 EDTMRKMerck stock could return 20%, Barron's says
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09:37 EDTMRKActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
09:21 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTMRKXencor Merck receives milestone payment from Merck for using XmAb antibody
Xencor (XNCR) announced that the company has received a milestone payment from Merck (MRK), through a subsidiary, triggered by the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial for an undisclosed biologic drug candidate that uses Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering intellectual property. Under the terms of the agreement signed in June 2013, Xencor granted Merck a non-exclusive license to certain Xencor patents for use in an undisclosed product, as well as an option to license the same intellectual property for future products. Xencor received an upfront payment and continues to receive annual maintenance fees. Xencor is also eligible to receive milestone payments associated with the successful development of Merck product candidates, as well as royalties on sales of any potential products that may result from this agreement.
05:27 EDTMRKMerck announces data from C-WORTHy study
Merck announced additional data from the ongoing C-WORTHy study, a multi-arm Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of a once-daily, all-oral regimen combining MK-5172, an investigational hepatitis C virus, or HCV, NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and MK-8742, an investigational HCV NS5A replication complex inhibitor, among patients with chronic HCV Genotype 1 infection, or GT1. In an interim analysis of treatment-naÔve, non-cirrhotic patients administered a 12-week regimen of MK-5172/MK-8742, with and without ribavirin, or RBV, a sustained viral response, or SVR, was observed in 98% of patients administered MK-5172/MK-8742 alone and 94% in those administered MK-5172/MK-8742 plus RBV.
April 9, 2014
11:43 EDTMRKGilead defended by analysts after recent pullback
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07:23 EDTMRKEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
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07:09 EDTMRK, NVSReckitt Benckiser may be frontrunner for Merck unit, Bloomberg reports
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April 8, 2014
11:03 EDTMRKPiper Jaffray's biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biopharm Analyst Schimmer discusses PCSK9 Inhibitors and other atherosclerosis approaches on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies AEGR, ALNY, AMGN, ARNA, AZN, BMY, CBST, LLY, ESPR, GSK, ICPT, ISIS, MNKD, MRK, OREX, PFE, REGN, RHHBY, SNY and VVUS may be included on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 10 at 3 pm.
07:22 EDTNVSCaSA-ISPE to hold a conference
21st Annual Lilfe Sciences Technology Conference is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 8.
April 7, 2014
08:09 EDTMRKAlnylam's McSwiggen patent upheld in European opposition proceedings
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07:27 EDTMRK, NVSAmerican Association of Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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05:32 EDTNVSNovartis Bexsero vaccine receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation
Novartis announced that Bexsero, Meningococcal Group B Vaccine, has received a Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA. Bexsero is already approved in Europe, Canada and Australia to help protect against invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. Novartis plans to file for U.S. licensure of Bexsero as early as Q2; exact timing will depend on guidance from the FDA. This is the fourth Breakthrough Therapy designation for Novartis, underscoring leadership in developing innovative therapies and vaccines. This announcement comes on the heels of a landmark decision from regulators in the UK, where the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended the inclusion of Bexsero in the country's National Immunisation Programme for routine use in infants from two months of age.
April 6, 2014
13:37 EDTMRKMerck presents findings on clinical outcomes following treatment with MK-3475
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