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January 14, 2013
12:42 EDTMYL, FMS, PFE, NVSSources: Pfizer considering purchase of Strides Arcolab unit, Bloomberg reports
Three people with knowledge of the situation say Pfizer (PFE) is considering buying Agila Specialties, the injectable-medicines unit of Strides Arcolab, Bloomberg reports. The unit, which has also drawn interest from Mylan (MYL), Novartis (NVS) and Fresenius (FMS), could be valued at around $2B. Reference Link
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September 28, 2015
07:31 EDTMYLMylan launches generic Invega tablets
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07:27 EDTMYL, PFEFDA and the Parental Drug Association to co-host a conference
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September 27, 2015
18:48 EDTNVSNovartis reports updated Phase 3 data on Tafinlar-Mekinist for melanoma
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16:16 EDTNVSNovartis reports Phase 3 reults on Afinitor for neuroendocrine tumors
Novartis announced results of a Phase 3 pivotal study showing Afinitor, or everolimus, tablets reduced the risk of progression by 52% versus placebo in patients with advanced, progressive, nonfunctional neuroendocrine tumors of gastrointestinal or lung origin. Additionally, the data show everolimus, a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor, extended median progression free survival by 7.1 months. Median PFS by central review was 11 months in the everolimus arm and 3.9 months in the placebo arm. Overall survival was a key secondary endpoint of the trial. While the OS data are not mature, the first interim analysis showed a trend favoring the everolimus arm, according to Novartis. Additional analyses are planned. Another secondary endpoint was best overall response rate. The study found that 64% of patients receiving everolimus experienced at least some degree of tumor shrinkage compared to 26% of those on placebo. Adverse events were consistent with the known safety profile of everolimus. The results of the RADIANT-4 study will serve as the basis of worldwide regulatory submissions for Afinitor for the treatment of advanced, progressive, nonfunctional GI and lung NET, Novartis said.
September 25, 2015
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; September 25, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 25.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB AU NKE PFE INTC AMZN TSLA
13:51 EDTMYLBMO's pharma predictions for rest of year include take on Mylan, Perrigo
BMO Capital analyst David Maris rolled out his rest of year predictions for the Specialty Pharmaceuticals space. Among them is his belief that Mylan (MYL) will be unsuccessful in acquiring Perrigo (PRGO). Perrigo will either be acquired by another company or make an acquisition itself, Maris tells investors in a research note. His other predictions include Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) proving to be a good buying opportunity amidst the current negative sentiment and ZS Pharma (ZSPH) offering upside following the recent pullback given the potential for a near-term buyout and prospects for its "best in class drug for hyperkalemia" winning approval in 2016.
09:34 EDTPFEActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB NKE NFLX PFE AU TSLA
07:22 EDTPFE, NVSEuropean Society for Medical Oncology to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTPFEMerck KGaA, Pfizer announce FDA orphan drug designation for avelumab
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05:15 EDTNVSNovartis announces CHMP adopted positive opinion for Entresto
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05:08 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; PFE HLF
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September 24, 2015
18:38 EDTNVSNovartis CEO discusses drug pricing, paying doctors, Washington Post reports
Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez said in an interview with the Washington Post, "Drug pricing is a very complicated topic because we invest in high-risk activity... So when we price a drug, we price it based on the value it will bring into that marketplace, and also how its price compares to the other therapies currently on the market. There's been a lot of discussion about drug pricing. What we have to do is we have to shift that conversation away from the price toward the value. Like, what exactly is the value of this drug that is going to result in a positive outcome? And is society willing to pay for that drug? At Novartis, we take a little bit of a different approach than our peers. Not only are we a large, innovative drug manufacturer, but we also are the second largest generics manufacturer... I also believe at Novartis that the day that patents expire, it's our obligation to offer a low-cost version in a generic form." Discussing the practice of drug companies paying doctors to prescribe particular drugs, Jiminez said, "It's unfortunate, because that's a situation where society's expectations have changed to the point where even doing what's legal is not doing what's right. What we have to do is, we have to find new ways to educate physicians about our new drugs... We're looking at ways digitally to communicate with physicians and at some new tools, so we can stay ahead of the curve. So rather than wait for regulations to change, Novartis can step back and say, 'We're going to do what society would expect us to do, not just do what's legal.'" Reference Link
17:04 EDTPFEMerck, Pfizer to collaborate with Agilent's Dako on Avelumab diagnostic
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15:24 EDTMYLMylan says Perrigo lawsuit 'without merit'
Mylan (MYL) believes that the Perrigo (PRGO) suit filed in Israel is entirely without merit and that Mylan's offer in Israel is valid and proper in all respects. With that said, Perrigo's efforts are entirely futile, as all Perrigo shareholders-institutional and retail, including those in Israel-have always been free to switch their holdings at any time from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to the New York Stock Exchange, through a simple, fully automated, well-established system by notifying their broker. As a result, shareholders can participate fully in Mylan's compelling offer without regard to any lawsuits in Israel or any other frustrating actions pursued by Perrigo in Israel. Further, as Mylan has previously stated publicly, it has been its intent and desire to list Mylan's shares on the TASE to maintain liquidity in Israel for the convenience of those shareholders in Israel who prefer to trade on the TASE, and Mylan is already well-advanced in the process of submitting its application to the TASE and the Israel Securities Authority, and is committed to continuing to work closely with these parties to complete this process.
14:17 EDTMYLAppeals court affirms Shire Vyvanse patents valid until 2023
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09:07 EDTNVSUnilife ammends clinical supply agreement with Novartis
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07:33 EDTPFEBIND says Pfizer exercises option to obtain license for Accurin drug candidate
BIND Therapeutics (BIND) announced that Pfizer (PFE) exercised its option to obtain an exclusive license to develop and commercialize an Accurin drug candidate for the treatment of solid tumors under the companies' global collaboration agreement. The actively targeted Accurin is designed to impart cellular targeting capability and was engineered by BIND using one of Pfizer's proprietary kinase inhibitors and one of BIND's proprietary ligands. As a result of the option exercise, BIND will receive a $2.5 million option exercise fee from Pfizer. In parallel with exercising its first option, Pfizer informed BIND that it will not exercise its option for the second compound in the collaboration. Under terms of the original collaboration agreement, which was established in April 2013, Pfizer was granted options to obtain exclusive licenses to pursue development and commercialization of two Accurins that incorporate specified Pfizer small molecular targeted therapies. For the Accurin that has been selected, both companies will work together on preclinical research; Pfizer will have responsibility for development and commercialization, and BIND will conduct chemistry, manufacturing and control activities. In addition to the $2.5 million option exercise fee, BIND received an upfront payment of $4.0 million in 2013 and achieved a $1.0 million preclinical development milestone for the selected Accurin in December 2014. BIND has the potential to receive additional milestone payments for the selected Accurin of up to $86.0 million in aggregate upon the achievement of additional specified development and regulatory events under the Pfizer collaboration agreement. BIND may also receive additional milestone payments for the selected Accurin of up to $110 million in aggregate for specified commercial events as well as royalties in the low single to high single digit percentages on potential future sales of the selected Accurin, if any.
September 23, 2015
08:24 EDTMYLWeakness in drug stocks creates buying opportunities, says RBC Capital
After Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan to lower drug prices, RBC Capital does not expect the plan to be passed by Congress. The firm adds that the plan is positive for generic drug makers and could pressure the FDA to more quickly approve generic drug applications. RBC identifies Insys Therapeutics (IINSY), Endo (ENDP), and Sagent Pharma (SGNT) as three stocks it likes that have suffered "disproportionate selloffs over the last two days." The firm identifies Sagent, Emdo and Mylan (MYL) as three companies with high generic exposure that have sold off.
06:16 EDTMYLMylan countersues Perrigo, cites tender offer 'misstatements,' Reuters reports
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05:32 EDTPFEViiV Healthcare announces Triumeq Phase IIIb study met primary endpoint
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