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March 5, 2014
05:37 EDTRHHBY, NVSNovartis, Roche fined by Italy for alleged collusion on drug sale, WSJ reports
In Italy, the competition authority fined Roche Holding (RHHBY) and Novartis (NVS) for having allegedly colluded to exclude the sale of a cheap drug used for serious sight problems, reports the Wall Street Journal. Novartis was fined EUR 92M and Roche EUR 90.5M. Reference Link
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February 24, 2015
16:19 EDTNVSAratana Therapeutics to pay Elanco up to $3M to regains rights to AT-004
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09:06 EDTRHHBYRoche receives orphan status for treatment of pemphigus vulgaris
The FDA granted Roche's Genentech unit orphan status for rituximab, its treatment of pemphigus vulgaris.
07:05 EDTRHHBYRoche and BioMed X enter collaboration agreement to develop sensor technology
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February 23, 2015
15:00 EDTNVSFDA approves Farydak for treatment of multiple myeloma
The FDA approved Farydak for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that arises from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell, found in bone marrow. Farydak is the first HDAC inhibitor approved to treat multiple myeloma. It is intended for patients who have received at least two prior standard therapies, including bortezomib and an immunomodulatory agent. Farydak is to be used in combination with bortezomib, a type of chemotherapy, and dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory medication. Farydak is marketed by Novartis.
13:40 EDTNVSAnalysts clash on Spectrum outlook after patent suit setback
Two research firms had divergent views on Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. BACKGROUND: Late Friday, a federal judge ruled that Novartis' (NVS) levoleucovorin, a generic version of Spectrum's Fusilev, does not infringe on Spectrum's intellectual property. Fusilev is indicated after high-dose methotrexate therapy in osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones. It is also used to treat patients with advanced metastatic colorectal cancer. BEARISH TAKE: Roth Capital analyst Joseph Pantginis downgraded Spectrum to Neutral from Buy following the ruling, as he believes the risk to the company's revenue has risen. The company is meaningfully less likely to become profitable again, wrote Pantginis, noting that Fusilev accounted for about 50% of the company's product revenue. According to the analyst, Spectrum is becoming increasingly focused on developing its earlier stage drugs, and he expects those drugs to grow slowly. Pantginis slashed his price target on the shares to $7 from $15. BULLISH TAKE: In a note to investors earlier today, Reni Benjamin, an analyst at research firm H.C. Wainwright, wrote that the stock's plunge after the judge's ruling "creates a table-pounding buying opportunity," noting that Fusilev has been granted exclusivity as a colorectal treatment until 2018. Benjamin does not expect the company's revenue from Fusilev to decline at all until 2018, as a citizen's petition submitted by Spectrum to the FDA, along with an appeal the company is mounting to Friday's ruling, and the difficulty that Novartis will have launching its version of the drug while the appeal is ongoing, will help prevent Spectrum's revenue from dropping. Also likely to protect Spectrum's revenue are the strong relationships that the company has developed with hospitals and community doctors, the analyst stated. He kept a $15 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Spectrum tumbled $1.44, or 19.3% to $6.02.
12:21 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:17 EDTNVSFTC puts conditions on Novartis's proposed acquisition of GSK oncology drugs
According to the FTC, Global pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma (ARRY) to settle charges that Novartis’s $16B acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive...If the acquisition goes forward as proposed, Novartis would likely delay or terminate development of both its BRAF and MEK inhibitors, as well as the combination product. For that reason, Novartis’s acquisition of GSK’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely cause significant competitive harm in the U.S. markets for both the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, ultimately raising prices for consumers and depriving them of potentially superior products. Under the terms of the proposed consent agreement, Novartis is required to provide transitional services to Array BioPharma to ensure that development of the BRAF and MEK inhibitors continues uninterrupted and that competition in BRAF and MEK inhibitor markets is not reduced. Reference Link
07:14 EDTNVSSpectrum says plans to appeal patent suit loss to Novartis unit
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) confirmed in a regulatory filing that on February 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada ordered that judgment be entered in favor of defendant Sandoz in the matter entitled Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al v. Sandoz Inc. "Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. intends to appeal this decision and the ultimate outcome of this litigation remains uncertain," the company stated. Sandoz is the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis (NVS).
06:21 EDTRHHBYFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTRHHBYDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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07:23 EDTRHHBYAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTNVSAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
18:25 EDTRHHBYPiper Jaffray biotech analyst to hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTRHHBYLeerink's life science tools analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:12 EDTNVSWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:45 EDTRHHBYStudy shows Roche's treatments equal to Eylea in most cases, NY Times says
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05:31 EDTRHHBYExelixis announces acceptance of NDA for Genentech cobimetinib
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05:26 EDTRHHBYFDA grants Genentech cobimetinib priority review for combination use
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February 13, 2015
11:31 EDTNVSNovartis says heart failure medicine LCZ696 granted FDA piority review
Novartis announced that the U.S. FDA has granted priority review designation to LCZ696, an investigational medicine for the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. The designation accelerates the review of therapies that offer a significant improvement in the safety or effectiveness of the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of a serious condition[4]. For LCZ696 this reduces the total review time from 12 to 8 months, meaning the FDA could make a decision on approval in August 2015. The New Drug Application was submitted under the agency's Fast Track program and is based on results from the landmark PARADIGM-HF study, the largest ever conducted in heart failure, which showed LCZ696 was superior to ACE-inhibitor enalapril on key endpoints, including significantly reducing the risk of CV death or heart failure hospitalization. Patients' reports of how well they felt were significantly better with LCZ696 than enalapril, whilst maintaining an acceptable safety profile. In the EU the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has granted accelerated assessment to LCZ696.
08:23 EDTNVSPiper Jaffray biotech/healthcare analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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