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March 5, 2014
10:33 EDTGILD, OSUR, MRK, ABBVOraSure 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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March 24, 2015
08:00 EDTGILDGilead shares should be bought on weakness, says Bernstein
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March 23, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
11:45 EDTGILDGilead defended after slide following death of Hep C patient on heart drug
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11:32 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD CELG
Gilead (GILD) August 115 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 27, Celgene (CELG) July 140 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 28 according to IVolatility.
09:45 EDTMRKUBS to hold a field trip
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
09:03 EDTABBVLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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08:44 EDTGILDGilead volatility low into FDA hepatitis C drug warning
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08:23 EDTGILDGilead weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
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07:40 EDTGILDGilead weakness on FDA warning would be buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
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07:17 EDTABBV, MRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
06:08 EDTGILDGilead implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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March 22, 2015
15:05 EDTGILDGilead warns after hepatitis C patient taking heart drug dies, Bloomberg says
Gilead said in an e-mailed drug warning to health-care providers on Friday that nine patients taking its hepatitis C drugs Harvoni or Sovaldi along with the heart treatment amiodarone developed abnormally slow heartbeats and one died of cardiac arrest, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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15:02 EDTGILDAcelRx names Howard Rosen as interim CEO
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (ACRX) announced the appointment of Howard Rosen as interim CEO of AcelRx, effective April 1. Rosen is a technically trained executive with over 25 years of success growing start-up and mid-size biopharmaceutical companies. Rosen previously held senior-level general management positions and functional roles in strategy, marketing, finance, business development, and research and development at Gilead Sciences (GILD) and ALZA Corporation. Rosen has served on the Board of Directors of AcelRx since 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alcobra and several private biopharmaceutical companies.
07:41 EDTMRK, ABBVAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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09:08 EDTGILDNew Gilead HIV drug likely to be approved in mid-2015, says Argus
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08:47 EDTABBVAbbVie and C2N sign worlwide license agreement for Alzheimer's Disease therapy
AbbVie has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with C2N Diagnostics, a privately held protein diagnostic and therapeutic discovery company, to develop and commercialize a portfolio of anti-tau antibodies for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders. Financial terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.
07:56 EDTABBVAbbVie plans $30M expansion at plant in Puerto Rico, AP reports
AbbVie is planning to expand one of its facilities in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, The Associated Press reports. The $30M expansion is slated for a plant that manufactures products related to immunology, virology and metabolic disorders. Reference Link
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