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January 13, 2014
10:25 EDTBSX, BSX, LLY, LLY, LH, LH, GEVA, GEVA, ACT, ACT, Q, Q, BIO, BIO, HSIC, HSIC, ALOG, ALOG, SIAL, SIAL, WMGI, WMGI, AGIO, AGIO, OPHT, OPHTJPMorgan to host a conference
32nd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 13-16 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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October 10, 2014
10:20 EDTACTFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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10:03 EDTLLYEli Lilly olaratumab granted orphan designation as soft tissue sarcoma treatment
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10:01 EDTQOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:57 EDTQQuintiles upgraded at ISI Group
As previously reported, ISI Group upgraded Quintiles to Buy from Neutral. The firm sees further upside to shares driven by market product development growth, effective capital deployment, and an improving outlook for IHS. Price target is $61.
07:37 EDTACTActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:16 EDTHSICAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
06:19 EDTQQuintiles upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group
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October 9, 2014
12:28 EDTACTAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:14 EDTACTAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
08:50 EDTACTAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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October 8, 2014
20:03 EDTBSXBoston Scientific confirms FDA panel votes for WATCHMAN device
After reviewing updated data and analysis for the Boston Scientific Corporation WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device, the FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee voted in favor of the Device. By a vote of 6 to 5, with 1 abstention, the panel concluded that the benefits of the WATCHMAN Device outweigh the potential risks. The panel voted that there is reasonable assurance that the device is safe, with a 12 yes to 0 no vote. On the question of reasonable assurance of effectiveness, the panel vote was unfavorable with a 6 yes to 7 no vote. The panel provided substantial input and guidance related to the proposed Indications for use and target patient population. There was widespread agreement among the panel members that the device provides a much needed alternative to long-term anticoagulation for some patients. While not bound by this vote, the FDA takes Advisory Panel comments and recommendations into account when reviewing the WATCHMAN Device application. The company is committed to working with the FDA to address the panel's comments.
18:42 EDTBSXBoston Scientific Watchman Device receives votes from FDA panel, Dow Jones says
The FDA Panel voted 6 to 5 that benefits of Boston Scientific's Watchman device outweigh the risks, Dow Jones reports. The panel voted 12 to 0 that the Watchman device is safe, and the panel voted 7 to 6 that the Watchman device is not effective, Dow Jones added.
16:09 EDTLHMyriad Genetics appoints former LabCorp executive Riggsbee as CFO
Myriad Genetics (MYGN) announced the appointment of R. Bryan Riggsbee as executive vice president, CFO, and Treasurer effective October 16. Jim Evans will continue in his role as CFO through the transition to Riggsbee, the company stated. Riggsbee most recently served as the senior vice president, Corporate Finance at Laboratory Corporation of America (LH).
10:55 EDTLLYLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss prospects for drugs that raise HDL cholesterol, effects of CETP mechanism, expectations for REVEAL data and the potential place for CETP inhibitors in a crowded hypersholesterolemia landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 11 am.
10:06 EDTGEVASynageva announces sebelipase alfa Phase 3 study data presentation
Synageva BioPharma announced that data from its Phase 3, global clinical study evaluating sebelipase alfa in children and adults with LAL Deficiency has been selected for oral presentation during the late-breaking session at The Liver Meeting, the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, being held November 7-11. The data will be presented during the late-breaking oral session on November 10.
08:42 EDTACTSalix shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
After Reuters yesterday afternoon reported that Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger approach to Allergan (AGN), Sterne Agee believes that Salix's standalone value is $162. The firm expects the shares to reach that level following approval of its Xifaxan IBS-D drug after the February 2015 PDUFA date.
07:24 EDTBSXFDA Circulatory Systems Devices Panel to hold a meeting
The Committee discusses, makes recommendations and votes on information related to the Pre-Market Approval Application regarding Boston Scientificís WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Closure Technology in a meeting being held in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 8 at 8 am. Webcast Link
06:47 EDTACTLawmakers may push for new regulations on generic drug makers, NY Times says
After the prices of some generic drugs soared more than 1,000% over the last year, two influential members of Congress are probing the sector and threatening to look to impose new regulations on it, according to The New York Times. Generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Mylan (MYL), Actavis (ACT), and Lannett (LCI).Reference Link
06:23 EDTACTActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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06:11 EDTLLYNovartis says expects three executive committee members to leave
Novartis (NVS) confirmed that following completion of the transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) in the coming months, that the three business leaders of the Novartis divisions at the center of the transaction will leave the Executive Committee of Novartis. The expected changes to the ECN are subject to the closing of the transactions announced on April 22 - Novartis expects the transaction with GSK to be completed in the first half of 2015, and the transaction with Eli Lilly for its Animal Health Business to close in the first quarter of 2015. George Gunn, currently Division Head, Novartis Animal Health, will reach his contractual retirement age in July 2015 and will retire from Novartis. Upon closing of the Animal Health transaction with Lilly he will leave the ECN. Brian McNamara, currently Division Head, Novartis OTC, will transition to GSK as Head of Americas and Europe for the consumer health businesses, reporting to the President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, effective at closing of the transaction. Andrin Oswald, currently Division Head, Novartis Vaccines, will be leaving Novartis to pursue other opportunities following closing of the transaction with GSK.
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