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July 16, 2014
07:59 EDTPRGO, ABBV, MYL, COV, VRX, SHPG, AZN, MDT, AGN, ABT, PFETreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and others, urged Congress to take action to address the "urgent issue" of tax inversions, which Lew said "function to hollow out the U.S. corporate income tax base." Lew noted that President Obama proposes to ensure that companies cannot change their tax domicile without a change in control of the company. According to Lew, several senators have "put companies on notice that any transaction that takes place after early May will not have the desired effect of lowering future U.S. tax liabilities." Tax inversions are a particularly significant issue in the pharmaceutical industry. Companies that have recently proposed transactions that involve an inversion component or have been linked to potential transactions include Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN), Mylan (MYL), Abbott (ABT), Shire (SHPG), AbbVie (ABBV), Allergan (AGN), Valeant (VRX), Perrigo (PRGO), Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV). Reference Link
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June 24, 2015
13:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CDC committee votes to recommend MenB vaccine
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers. It added, "Specifically, the ACIP voted that a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. The preferred age for MenB vaccination is 16 through 18 years of age." Pfizer's Trumenba is FDA-approved for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. The ACIP recommendation will be forwarded to the director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval, Pfizer said.
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTPFE, AZNCAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
06:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca loses top executive Ward-Lilley to Vectura, Reuters reports
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06:12 EDTABBVAbbVie announces new TURQUOISE-III study results
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June 23, 2015
17:03 EDTMDTMedtronic implements voluntary recall for certain lots of Covidien Shiley tubes
Medtronic announced that on May 8, it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models manufactured after November 29, 2012. The company initiated the field action following a small number of customer complaints that included reports of 12 serious patient injuries, such as breathing difficulties that impacted oxygen levels immediately upon tube placement or discomfort. Replacement of the tracheostomy tube with product manufactured prior to November 29, 2012 addressed the patient breathing difficulty or discomfort. The notification requested all customers and distributors to quarantine and discontinue use of all potentially affected units and return the affected product to the company as soon as possible for credit. Medtronic also took the necessary steps to prevent future shipments of the recalled products. The company also notified regulatory agencies around the world, as appropriate. Since November 29, 2012, Shiley tracheostomy tubes were shipped into Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States of America.
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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14:16 EDTMYL, PRGOBMO Capital sees strong fundamentals in Perrigo regardless of Mylan deal
Shares of Perrigo (PRGO) are trading higher intraday after BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage of the stock with an Outperform rating. The research firm is bullish on the shares regardless of whether Mylan's bid for the company succeeds, saying Perrigo is well-positioned to ride momentum in reduced-price healthcare. WHAT'S NEW: BMO Capital Markets' David Maris initiated coverage of Perrigo with an Outperform rating and a $246 price target. Maris cited the company's 70%-plus market share in store- and private-label brands, as well as its roughly $1B annual sales in the generics space. The analyst believes Perrigo will see continued benefit from larger trends driving consumer-centric healthcare and the curtailing of medical costs. WHAT'S NOTABLE: BMO Capital Markets noted that two upcoming Tysabri-related events are not accounted for by the Street, giving rise to a "significant" undervaluing of the shares. Mylan (MYL) has submitted multiple unsolicited offers for Perrigo, and while the likelihood of the deal seems low given Perrigo's numerous rejections and Teva's (TEVA) 4.61% blocking stake in Mylan. BMO Capital remarked that a failed deal should see "limited downside" for Perrigo. There could certainly be near-term volatility if a Mylan agreement doesn't materialize, but the analyst was confident in the well-positioned company's ability to deliver on both earnings per share and cash flow. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Perrigo are up nearly 2% in afternoon trading. The company saw a nearly 25% leap following Mylan's initial offer on April 8, though it has since dipped from that high.
14:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces enrollment of first patient in RESET study
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11:20 EDTMDTMedtronic competitive with Edwards after approval, says Wells Fargo
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10:00 EDTPRGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adeptus Health (ADPT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Angie's List (ANGI) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Avenue Financial (AVNU) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... CASI Pharmaceuticals (CASI) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Corindus (CVRS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Coupons.com (COUP) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Five Below (FIVE) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Galmed (GLMD) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Genesis Healthcare (GEN) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Groupon (GRPN) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Hercules Technology (HTGC) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Immersion (IMMR) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Lipocine (LPCN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... NeoGenomics (NEO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Novadaq (NVDQ) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Perrigo (PRGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Signal Genetics (SGNL) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Standard Motor Products (SMP) initiated with a Neutral at CL King... United Community Financial (UCFC) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... WP Glimcher (WPG) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... WhiteWave (WWAV) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Topeka.
09:53 EDTPFEPfizer management to meet with FBN Securities
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBN Securities.
09:22 EDTMDTMedtronic announces FDA approval for new TAVR system
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09:20 EDTVRXValeant and Progenics announces submission of NDA to FDA for RELISTOR
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX) announced that Valeant submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for RELISTOR, or methylnaltrexone bromide, Tablets for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
08:49 EDTPRGO, MYLMylan CFO to meet with Tel Aviv bourse head Wednesday, Reuters says
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07:31 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics announces FDA authorization of clinical trial with AZD2811
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07:25 EDTVRX, COV, PFE, MDTPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
06:01 EDTMYL, PRGOPerrigo initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst David Maris started Perrigo (PRGO) with an Outperform rating and $246 price target. Maris calls shares "significantly undervalued" on a fundamental basis and sees limited downside risk should Mylan (MYL) remove its unsolicited bid for the company.
June 22, 2015
08:52 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
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