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February 3, 2014
12:03 EDTNVSNovartis acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment granted orphan status
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April 23, 2015
09:52 EDTNVSEli Lilly sees at least $200M in savings from Novartis Animal Health acquisition
05:25 EDTNVSNovartis backs FY15 revenue guidance of growth in mid-single digits
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05:22 EDTNVSNovartis reports Q1 Core EPS $1.33, consensus $1.10
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April 21, 2015
05:26 EDTNVSNovartis says data shows Gilenya high efficacy
Novartis announced new analysis from the Phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II. The data showed that previously-treated patients with highly-active relapsing multiple sclerosis, or RMS, who were treated with Gilenya had a six-times greater likelihood of achieving 'no evidence of disease activity' across four key measures of disease activity compared to placebo over two years. This is referred to as NEDA4 and is achieved when a patient with RMS has no relapses, no new MRI lesions, no MS-related brain shrinkage and no disability progression. This analysis was the first time patients with highly-active RMS who had been treated in the previous year with an injectable therapy were assessed using the NEDA4 definition that includes brain shrinkage. Brain shrinkage is a marker of the widespread inflammatory damage in the central nervous system and is associated with accumulated loss of function. By using this updated NEDA4 definition, physicians are able to get a more complete picture of a patient's disease and response to treatment, which is crucial to identify the optimal therapy to slow short- and long-term disease progression. This is especially important for people with highly-active RMS, who are at a greater risk of relapses and future loss of function, and may therefore require a different treatment approach.
April 20, 2015
12:31 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after Chinaís central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
11:44 EDTNVSCAR-T therapy stocks fall following cancer research meeting
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09:20 EDTNVSLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:20 EDTNVSAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:18 EDTNVSAmerican Academy of Neurology to hold annual meeting
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April 16, 2015
15:40 EDTNVSGeneric Copaxone approval a bit early but expected, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes FDA approval for Sandoz (NVS) and Momenta's (MNTA) generic 20mg Copaxone came slightly earlier than the market expected, but the firm added that the generic threat has been well expected. The firm added that it appears Mylanís (MYL) generic Copaxone hasn't been approved yet, leaving a "legitimate question" about why the FDA approved one generic and not the other. BMO thinks Teva's rate of conversion to the 40mg dose will help retain patients on the Copaxone franchise and it keeps an Outperform rating on Teva shares.
12:37 EDTNVSMomenta confirms Glatopa approval, to receive $10M payment
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12:35 EDTNVSSandoz receives FDA approval for Glatopa as generic competitor to Copaxone
Sandoz, a Novartis (NVS) company, announced the U.S. approval of Glatopa, the first generic version of Teva's (TEVA) Copaxone 20 mg/ml one-time-daily multiple sclerosis therapy. Glatopa, developed in collaboration with Momenta (MNTA) and produced entirely in the U.S., is indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of MS, including those who have experienced a first clinical episode and have magnetic resonance imaging features consistent with MS.
05:27 EDTNVSAlcon receives FDA approval of AcrySof IQ ReSTOR +2.5 Diopter IOL
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April 13, 2015
16:51 EDTNVSDiplomat Pharmacy to dispense Novartis' JADENU
Diplomat Pharmacy is set to distribute JADENU, a drug recently approved by the U.S. FDA to treat patients with chronic iron overload. JADENU is a new oral formulation of EXJADE for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients age 2 and older, and chronic iron due to NTDT in patients age 10 and older.
05:21 EDTNVSNovartis to present new data that confirms high efficacy of Gilenya
Novartis announced new Gilenya analyses to be presented at the 67th American Academy of Neurology, or AAN, Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, from April 18-25, showing how Novartis is advancing methods assessing the impact of relapsing multiple sclerosis, or RMS, for patients and physicians. Data will show how adding brain shrinkage to an existing tool to assess MS disease activity will give a more precise prediction of the likelihood of future disability progression. Accurate assessment of disease activity is key to guide treatment decisions in RMS. A pooled analysis from the two-year phase III FREEDOMS and FREEDOMS II trials will further confirm Gilenya's high efficacy in previously-treated patients with highly-active RMS in achieving 'no evidence of disease activity' across four key measures: relapses, MRI lesions, brain shrinkage and disability progression. Achieving NEDA4 is especially critical for highly-active RMS patients, who are likely to lose more physical and cognitive functions over time despite being treated.

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