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March 5, 2014
10:33 EDTABBV, GILD, OSUR, MRKOraSure 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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September 4, 2015
08:20 EDTABBVBass slams PTO for blocking patent challenge, Business Insider reports
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07:20 EDTMRKMerck selloff overdone, says SunTrust
After meeting with four senior Merck executives, SunTrust says that the selloff in the stock over concerns about the company's Januvia franchise are overdone. The firm expects the company's diabetes drugs to generate over $8.5B in revenue in 2020, up from less than $6B currently, through the launch of several new treatments within the next two years. It is upbeat on the outlook for the company's Keytruda cancer treatment and reiterates a $72 price target and Buy rating.
September 2, 2015
11:39 EDTABBVBass denied request for review of Biogen multiple sclerosis drug patent
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:33 EDTGILDGilead says investigation of F/TAF-based regimens met primary 48-week objective
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08:04 EDTMRKMerck says FDA approves pediatric indication for Emend capsules
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September 1, 2015
09:04 EDTMRKMerck reports new analyses from IMPROVE-IT study with Vytorin
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07:31 EDTABBVBristol-Myers, AbbVie say FDA accepts BLA for Empliciti for priority review
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August 31, 2015
14:00 EDTABBVAbbVie September calls active
AbbVie September 65 and 67.5 calls are active on total call volume of 37K contracts (9K puts). September weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, September is at 36, October is at 31; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 36. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
August 30, 2015
12:33 EDTMRKDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 26, 2015
17:06 EDTGILDGilead AMBITION study results published in New England Journal of Medicine
Gilead Sciences (GILD) announced detailed results from the AMBITION study. In AMBITION, conducted in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), combination therapy with Letairis and tadalafil reduced the risk of clinical failure by 50% compared to the pooled Letairis and tadalafil monotherapy arm. These data were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Letairis, a selective endothelin type-A receptor antagonist, and tadalafil, a PDE5 inhibitor, are each approved in the United States, the European Union and other countries as once-daily treatments for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension with WHO/NYHA functional class II and III symptoms. Letairis is indicated in the U.S. to improve exercise ability and delay clinical worsening and in the EU under the tradename Volibris to improve exercise capacity. Tadalafil 40 mg is indicated in the U.S. and the EU to improve exercise ability and capacity, respectively. Preclinical data have suggested these therapies may have synergistic effects. However, combination use with Letairis and tadalafil is currently not approved.
08:53 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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August 25, 2015
19:34 EDTGILD, ABBVExperts tell White House to expand use of Hepatitis C drugs, NYT says
Health care experts from the Public Health Service and the Advisory Council on H.I.V./AIDS have recommended that Medicaid officials expand the use of costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni, reports the New York Times, citing correspondence sent to the White House. The advisory council said current usage limitations on the drugs are "unreasonable," but it also suggested that manufacturers disclose drug development costs in the face of the significant price tags on modern Hepatitis C treatments. Reference Link
09:03 EDTABBVAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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August 24, 2015
13:36 EDTGILDBiotech correction presents some opportunities, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee said he won't try to pick the short-term bottom in biotech, but contends that any macro weakness in China shouldn't have any major impact to financials or fundamentals for the sector given their minimal exposure there. If the market continues to be volatile, Yee recommends a focus on names with defensive characteristics, such as higher margins and free cash flow yield, naming Amgen (AMGN), Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) as some examples. The analyst adds that he likes Vertex (VRTX) on the pullback for "more aggressive" growth investors. Yee has Outperform ratings on all of the stocks mentioned above.
August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTMRKBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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