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January 8, 2014
07:52 EDTPCYC, ABBVPharmacyclics superior safey profile improves outlook in CLL, says RBC Capital
After another patient died after using AbbVie's (ABBV) ABT-199, RBC Capital believes that widespread use of the drug is probably not as likely as some AbbVie bulls believe. The firm expects Pharmacyclics' (PCYC) stock to be strengthened by the news, as RBC thinks the superior safety profile of that company's CLL treatment enhances its position as a treatment for the disease. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Pharmacyclics.
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October 15, 2014
10:48 EDTABBVShire tanks with AbbVie calling board meeting over merger
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09:57 EDTABBVLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:30 EDTABBVAbbVie review of Shire deal an 'unwelcome surprise,' says Jefferies
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06:58 EDTABBVAbbVie volatility elevated into reconsidering Shire merger
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06:55 EDTABBVShire volatility elevated into AbbVie reconsidering merger recommendation
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06:16 EDTPCYCPharmacyclics initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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05:34 EDTABBVShire says AbbVie should proceed with recommended offer
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October 14, 2014
19:59 EDTABBVAbbVie down nearly 2% after board reconsiders Shire merger
19:48 EDTABBVAbbVie board reconsidering recommendation to holders to accept Shire merger
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19:46 EDTABBVAbbVie board reconsidering recommendation to holders to accept Shire merger
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12:41 EDTABBVGilead retreats following Johnson & Johnson comments on HCV drug
Shares of Gilead (GILD), which has developed a hepatitis C treatment, are retreating after Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said it would seek to make its own hepatitis C treatment accessible and competitive. Some investors believe that Johnson & Johnson's comments suggest that it will cut the price of its hepatitis C drug. WHAT'S NEW: Johnson & Johnson said on its earnings conference call today that it was "committed" to its treatment for hepatitis C virus, or HCV. The company added that it intends to remain competitive in the space and would look to make its HCV treatment, Olysio, accessible. In a separate development today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Abbvie (ABBV), which also has an HCV treatment, may have to consider pricing its HCV drug more aggressively after Gilead received FDA approval for Harvoni, the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. One analyst quoted by The Journal, Roger Longman, said that AbbVie should consider pricing its drug at $76,000 for a 12 week regimen, representing a 20% discount to Harvoni, which will be priced at $94,500 for a full 12 week regimen. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee wrote that the weakness in Gilead's stock today has created a buying opportunity. Johnson & Johnson probably can't reduce the price of its Olysio drug much, since it is often used in combination with Gilead's Sovaldi, which costs $84,000 for 12 weeks, RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee wrote in a note to investors today. The price of AbbVie's treatment is unlikely to be much below Sovaldi's price, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gilead, along with a number of other drug companies, may also be under pressure because Ireland is reportedly closing its "Irish Double" tax loophole. Gilead is one of the companies that currently benefits from the "Irish Double," but Yee says that closing the loophole should only have a "minimal" impact on Gilead. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Gilead fell 3.3% to $98.10, AbbVie gained 1.7% to $54.53 and Johnson & Johnson lost 0.6% to $98.52.
10:51 EDTABBVGilead weakness a buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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10:05 EDTABBVAbbVie could cause Hep C price tipping point with aggressive pricing, WSJ says
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October 13, 2014
09:23 EDTABBVAbbVie's Humira for hidradenitis suppurativa meets Phase 3 trial endpoint
AbbVie announced new results from PIONEER II, a pivotal Phase 3 study, demonstrating the effect of Humira in reducing common clinical signs and symptoms in moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa, specifically the number of abscesses and inflammatory nodules. The results of this study, in combination with previously presented results from PIONEER I, will contribute to worldwide regulatory filings for an expanded use of Humira, which is not currently approved by regulatory authorities for the treatment of HS.
08:05 EDTPCYCBristol-Myers, Pharmacyclics, Janssen announce clinical collaboration
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY), Pharmacyclics, Inc. (PCYC), and Janssen Research & Development, LLC (JNJ) announced today they have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor OPDIVO in combination with IMBRUVICA, an oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor co-developed and co-marketed by Pharmacyclics and Janssen. The Phase 1/2 study will focus on evaluating the safety and anti-tumor activity of combining OPDIVO and IMBRUVICA as a potential treatment option for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Bristol-Myers Squibb has proposed the name OPDIVO, which if approved by health authorities, will serve as the trademark for the investigational drug, nivolumab. OPDIVO is part of a new class of cancer treatments known as immunotherapies, which are designed to harness the body’s own immune system in fighting cancer by targeting distinct regulatory components of the immune system. Each agent has individually shown activity against hematologic malignancies in clinical trials; pre-clinical evidence suggests OPDIVO and IMBRUVICA may have the potential for additive treatment effects in patients with hematologic malignancies. The study will be conducted by Janssen. Additional details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
07:39 EDTABBVPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:37 EDTABBVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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October 9, 2014
08:28 EDTABBVGilead to be challenged by AbbVie in HCV near-term, says Bernstein
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October 8, 2014
07:18 EDTABBVInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
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