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March 5, 2014
10:33 EDTMRK, ABBV, GILD, OSUROraSure climbs after CMS proposes coverage of HCV tests
Shares of OraSure (OSUR), whose hepatitis C virus test has been approved by the FDA, are climbing after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday proposed a rule that would enable Medicare and Medicaid to cover HCV tests in some circumstances. Orasure's OraQuick HCV test detects HCV antibodies in fingerstick and venipuncture whole blood. WHAT'S NEW: CMS proposed a rule under which the government would cover HCV tests that have been approved by the FDA. In order to be covered, the test must be ordered by beneficiaries' doctors, and performed by an eligible Medicare provider, CMS stated. Additionally, under the proposal the government would only cover tests for adult beneficiaries who are at high risk for HCV infection, and for those people born between 1945 and 1965. Individuals who have used illegal drugs or received blood transfusions before 1992 would be considered at risk individuals for the purposes of the rule, the agency stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Mizuho Securities analyst Peter Lawson wrote that the CMS' decision is positive for OraSure. The company has the largest exposure to HCV testing among publicly traded companies, the analyst indicated. The company could obtain over $1B of revenue by providing HCV tests for beneficiaries born between 1945 and 1965, the analyst estimated. Moreover, HCV drug developers will also use OraSure's test in the wake of CMS' decision, added Lawson, who reiterated a $9 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, OraSure climbed 11cv, or 1.5%, to $7.50. OTHERS TO WATCH: Companies developing HCV treatments include AbbVie (ABBV), Merck (MRK) and Gilead (GILD).
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November 12, 2014
08:13 EDTMRKBoston Biotech to hold a conference
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07:53 EDTGILDLeerink to hold a tour
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November 11, 2014
16:14 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analysts provide a preview of items being discussed at the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting of ASH including JAK inhibitors, novel Jakafi combinations for Myelofibrosis and developing compounds on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 10 am.
16:01 EDTMRK, GILDOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:43 EDTMRKLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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11:47 EDTOSUROraSure management to meet with Stephens
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11:35 EDTGILDUBS holds a conference call with Gilead Sciences
UBS Biotech Analyst Roden, along with Dr. Bischofberger of Gilead Sciences, discuss the recently-held AASLD Meeting and the outlook of several GILD pipeline programs on a conference call to be held on November 13 at 4:30 pm.
09:37 EDTMRKActive equity options trading
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09:06 EDTABBVAbbVie announces positive results from chronic hepatitis C patients study
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09:04 EDTABBVEnanta announces results from TURQUOISE-I, CORAL-I studies
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08:13 EDTABBVAbbVie announces positive results from Phase 2b study PEARL-I
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08:11 EDTABBVEnanta announces rseults from Phase 2b PEARL-I study
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08:10 EDTMRKMerck reports results from Phase 2 study of Grazoprevir/Elbasvir
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08:07 EDTGILDGilead announces results from Phase 2 and 3 studies evaluating Harvoni
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08:05 EDTGILDGilead announces data from Phase 2 Sofosbuvir plus GS-5816 studies
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTGILD, MRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTMRK, GILDGilead rises after Merck presents data on HCV combo
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07:20 EDTGILD, MRKGilead overhang from Merck HCV combo removed, says Wells Fargo
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