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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 16, 2014
11:19 EDTNVSNovartis launches new eye care products facility in Singapore, Nikkei says
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April 15, 2014
08:23 EDTMRKLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:19 EDTMRKLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:35 EDTNVSAlnylam outlook not affected by Novartis decision, says JMP Securities
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07:22 EDTNVSNovartis to Shire said to mull offers for ThromboGenics, Bloomberg says
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06:36 EDTNVSRanbaxy inspection failures add $900M to heart drug costs, Bloomberg says
A gap in U.S. patent law has kept cheap copies of Novartis' (NVS) heart drug Diovan off the market for 18 months, which has cost U.S. consumers and insurers as much as $900M in possible savings, reported Bloomberg. Ranbaxy (RBXLY) is the only company permitted to sell a generic version of Diovan, and hasnít been able to manufacture and market them after four factories it runs in India failed U.S. inspections. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMRK, NVSPatients 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
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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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