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January 12, 2014
18:39 EDTNVSPresident of Novartis Oncology Hervé Hoppenot leaves company
Novartis announced that Hervé Hoppenot, president of Novartis Oncology, will leave Novartis with immediate effect having decided to pursue a career opportunity outside of the organization. Alessandro Riva, M.D., Global Head, Novartis Oncology Development and Medical Affairs, will take on the role of President of Novartis Oncology ad interim, in addition to his current role, until a successor is named in due course.
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October 8, 2015
05:27 EDTNVSNovartis reports long-term efficacy of Gilenya
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October 7, 2015
16:50 EDTNVSNovartis' Sandoz Canada launches PrSandoz Solifenacin on Canadian market
Sandoz Canada announced the launch of a new drug on the Canadian market, PrSandoz Solifenacin, which is used in reducing urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence. PrSandoz Solifenacin is a generic equivalent to the product Vesikur marketed in Canada under the name PrVesicare. This generic drug is available immediately on the Canadian market. Sandoz Canada is part of Sandoz International GmbH, the world's second largest producer of generic drugs and a company of the Swiss multinational corporation, Novartis (NVS).
07:34 EDTNVSAlliance for Regenerative Medicine to hold a meeting
Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa is being held in La Jolla, California on October 7-9.
07:23 EDTNVSEuropean Committee Treatment & Research in Multiple Sclerosis holds meeting
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October 6, 2015
13:32 EDTNVSBiotechs plummet with TPP seen as industry negative
Biotechs are falling intraday after reports that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, has language that the exclusivity period for bioligics, or drugs derived from a biological sources, would be eight years, less than the twelve years it is currently in the United States. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the U.S., biologics are protected from competition by follow-on products for twelve years from the time they are first granted marketing approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a protection that is distinct from patent protection. Recent reports on the TPP suggest that the protection will last five years with an additional safety monitoring period of up to three years before a biosimilar can be registered, which would effectively be an eight year exclusivity period. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer, however, said the development is a "step forward," especially since it does not overrule the 12 years' exclusivity for the drugs in the U.S. While the sector asked for twelve years' exclusivity to match the U.S., eight years is a "reasonable compromise," the analyst argued. His top picks were Alexion (ALXN), Celgene (CELG), and Amgen (AMGN) in the large-cap space, GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) and bluebird bio (BLUE) among mid-caps, and Flex Pharma (FLKS), Lion Biotechnologies (LBIO), Otonomy (OTIC), and Ignyta (RXDX) in the small-cap sector. Further, Schimmer stated that more names look "increasingly compelling" amid the selloff. NOTABLE DECLINERS: Alexion is lower by 2.53%, Celgene is down 4.32%, Amgen is declining 1.91%, Biogen (BIIB) is down 3.4%, and Gilead Sciences (GILD) is falling 2.22%. STOCKS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the pharmaceutical space 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).
October 5, 2015
05:25 EDTNVSAlcon receives FDA approval for AcrySof IQ Aspheric IOL
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October 1, 2015
11:06 EDTNVSXOMA price target raised to $1.50 from $1 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff raised his price target for XOMA (XOMA) to $1.50 after the company partnered a preclinical TGF-beta antibody with Novartis (NVS) for $37M upfront and up to $480M in milestones. The payment brings XOMA's pro forma cash to $88M, enabling the company to advance its endocrine antibody pipeline, including lead candidate XOMA 358 for hyperinsulinism disorders, Tenthoff tells investors in a research note. The analyst keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The stock is up 20c to 95c in early trading.
07:37 EDTNVSXOMA announces agreement for anti-TGFb program with Novartis
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September 30, 2015
17:04 EDTNVSNovartis says results of Phase 3 study of secukinumab met endpoints
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September 29, 2015
12:35 EDTNVSPerrigo shareholders pressure company to explore sale, Reuters says
Certain Perrigo (PRGO) shareholders have requested that company explore a sale, hoping for an alternative to Mylan's (MYL) approximately $25B hostile bid, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The pressure represents a challenge to Perrigo's defense strategy, the report says. Some of the company's shareholders view Novartis (NVS), Sanofi (SNY), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Colgate-Palmolive (CL) as potential suitors, the report says. Reference Link
08:46 EDTNVSNoven reports final decisions in IPRs challenging Novartis' Exelon patch patents
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September 28, 2015
12:22 EDTNVSArray says binimetinib-encorafenib combo shows differentiated tolerability
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07:58 EDTNVSNovartis to hold a conference call
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September 27, 2015
18:48 EDTNVSNovartis reports updated Phase 3 data on Tafinlar-Mekinist for melanoma
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16:16 EDTNVSNovartis reports Phase 3 reults on Afinitor for neuroendocrine tumors
Novartis announced results of a Phase 3 pivotal study showing Afinitor, or everolimus, tablets reduced the risk of progression by 52% versus placebo in patients with advanced, progressive, nonfunctional neuroendocrine tumors of gastrointestinal or lung origin. Additionally, the data show everolimus, a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor, extended median progression free survival by 7.1 months. Median PFS by central review was 11 months in the everolimus arm and 3.9 months in the placebo arm. Overall survival was a key secondary endpoint of the trial. While the OS data are not mature, the first interim analysis showed a trend favoring the everolimus arm, according to Novartis. Additional analyses are planned. Another secondary endpoint was best overall response rate. The study found that 64% of patients receiving everolimus experienced at least some degree of tumor shrinkage compared to 26% of those on placebo. Adverse events were consistent with the known safety profile of everolimus. The results of the RADIANT-4 study will serve as the basis of worldwide regulatory submissions for Afinitor for the treatment of advanced, progressive, nonfunctional GI and lung NET, Novartis said.
September 25, 2015
07:22 EDTNVSEuropean Society for Medical Oncology to hold a conference
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05:15 EDTNVSNovartis announces CHMP adopted positive opinion for Entresto
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September 24, 2015
18:38 EDTNVSNovartis CEO discusses drug pricing, paying doctors, Washington Post reports
Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez said in an interview with the Washington Post, "Drug pricing is a very complicated topic because we invest in high-risk activity... So when we price a drug, we price it based on the value it will bring into that marketplace, and also how its price compares to the other therapies currently on the market. There's been a lot of discussion about drug pricing. What we have to do is we have to shift that conversation away from the price toward the value. Like, what exactly is the value of this drug that is going to result in a positive outcome? And is society willing to pay for that drug? At Novartis, we take a little bit of a different approach than our peers. Not only are we a large, innovative drug manufacturer, but we also are the second largest generics manufacturer... I also believe at Novartis that the day that patents expire, it's our obligation to offer a low-cost version in a generic form." Discussing the practice of drug companies paying doctors to prescribe particular drugs, Jiminez said, "It's unfortunate, because that's a situation where society's expectations have changed to the point where even doing what's legal is not doing what's right. What we have to do is, we have to find new ways to educate physicians about our new drugs... We're looking at ways digitally to communicate with physicians and at some new tools, so we can stay ahead of the curve. So rather than wait for regulations to change, Novartis can step back and say, 'We're going to do what society would expect us to do, not just do what's legal.'" Reference Link
09:07 EDTNVSUnilife ammends clinical supply agreement with Novartis
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