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June 11, 2014
05:36 EDTBAYRY, REGNRegeneron, Bayer submit Eylea Injection for EU marketing authorization
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Bayer HealthCare (BAYRY) announced that Bayer HealthCare has submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency seeking marketing authorization in the European Union for Eylea Injection for the treatment of macular edema following branch retinal vein occlusion, or BRVO. The EMA submission is based on the positive Phase 3 VIBRANT trial, a double-masked, randomized, active-controlled study of patients with macular edema following BRVO. In the VIBRANT study, 53% of patients who received EYLEA 2 milligram monthly gained at least 15 letters in best-corrected visual acuity, or BCVA, from baseline at week 24, the primary endpoint of the study, compared to 27 of patients who received laser, a standard of care treatment. In addition, EYLEA met a key secondary endpoint, achieving a 17.0 letter mean improvement over baseline in BCVA compared to a 6.9 letter mean improvement in patients who received laser.
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July 24, 2015
16:00 EDTREGNRegeneron, Sanofi say the U.S. WAC price of Praluent is $40 per day
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15:41 EDTREGNRegeneron reopens, down 1.8% to $546.61 after FDA approves Praluent
15:35 EDTREGNRegeneron to resume trading at 3:40 pm ET
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15:27 EDTREGNEsperion likely to stay pressured until path for ETC-1002 clearer, says Barclays
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15:25 EDTREGNRegeneron, Sanofi's cholesterol treatment Praluent gets FDA approval
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Praluent Injection, the first FDA-approved treatment in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors. Praluent is indicated as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who require additional lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The effect of Praluent on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined. Praluent is the first and only PCSK9 inhibitor approved in the U.S. and is available in two different doses- 75 mg and 150 mg. Both doses of Praluent are available in a single 1 milliliter injection delivered in a single-dose prefilled pen or syringe that patients self-administer every two weeks. The companies carefully considered the potential medical value that Praluent offers patients in determining the Wholesale Acquisition Cost. The U.S. WAC price of Praluent is $40 per day, $1,120 every 28 days, for both the 75 mg and 150 mg doses, making Praluent the lowest priced patient-administered monoclonal antibody therapy on an annualized basis. Actual costs to patients, payers and health systems are anticipated to be lower as WAC pricing does not reflect discounts or rebates. Out-of-pocket costs to patients will vary depending on insurance status and eligibility for patient assistance.
15:00 EDTREGNBroader label for PCSK9 drug positive for Regeneron, Amgen, says Deutsche Bank
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14:44 EDTREGNEsperion slides after FDA assigns indication for rival cholesterol drug
Shares of Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), a drug company focused on LDL-cholesterol lowering therapies, are sharply lower in afternoon trading after the FDA granted approval for the first cholesterol-lowering treatment approved in a new class of drugs known as proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 inhibitors. WHAT'S NEW: This afternoon, the FDA announced the approval of Praluent injection, which is a PCSK9 drug marketed by Sanofi (SNY) and Regeneron (REGN). Praluent is approved for use in addition to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy in adult patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or patients with clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks or strokes, who require additional lowering of LDL cholesterol, the FDA indicated. The drug, like Esperion's ETC-1002, seeks to lower patients' cholesterol. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Esperion shares are down 12% to $84.21. The stock spiked as low as $81.50 immediately after the FDA made its announcement regarding Praulent. Meanwhile, Sanofi shares are fractionally higher and Regeneron shares are halted.
14:20 EDTREGNFDA approves Regeneron, Sanofi cholesterol-lowering treatment
The announced the approval of Praluent injection, the first cholesterol-lowering treatment approved in a new class of drugs known as proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 inhibitors. Praluent is approved for use in addition to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy in adult patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or patients with clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks or strokes, who require additional lowering of LDL cholesterol. Praluent is marketed by Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) and Regeneron (REGN). Shares of Regeneron remain halted.
14:06 EDTREGNRegeneron trading halted, pending news
08:45 EDTREGNRegeneron cholesterol treatment likely to be approved today, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that today is the PDUFA day for Regeneron's (REGN) and Amgen's (AMGN) Praluent, which would be the first antibody approved for cholesterol treatment in the U.S. The firm expects the drug to be approved today. After surveying doctors on the drug, Bernstein finds that their attitudes towards it are "remarkably positive." The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Regeneron and a Market Perform rating on Amgen.
07:21 EDTREGNRegeneron, Sanofi say CHMP recommends Euro approval of Praluent treatment
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent, recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. Praluent is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union in late September. The CHMP opinion was based on the benefit-risk profile of Praluent, following review of efficacy and safety data from more than 5,000 patients across 10 pivotal Phase 3 double-blind trials ranging from six months to two years. Clinical data from the ODYSSEY Phase 3 program show consistent, positive results in reducing LDL-C. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set a target action date of July 24 for the Biologics License Application of Praluent. The safety and efficacy of Praluent have not been fully evaluated by any other regulatory authority.
07:18 EDTREGNRegeneron and Sanofi's Praluent recommended for approval in Europe
Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent, recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. Praluent is an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. The European Commission is expected to make a final decision on the Marketing Authorization Application for Praluent in the European Union in late September.
07:16 EDTREGNFDA PDUFA Date for Regeneron and Sanofi BLA for Praluent is July 24, 2015
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July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTREGNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:39 EDTREGNRegeneron initiated with a Market Perform at Northland
Northland analyst James Kuo started shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals with a Market Perform rating and $500 price target. Pointing out that shares are up 34% year-to-date and 80% year-over-year, Kuo prefers to watch the upcoming launch of Praluent from the sidelines.
July 21, 2015
12:47 EDTREGNPiper confident in Regeneron approval by Friday
After Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha received marketing authorization in Europe, making it the first of the anti-PCSK9 antibody to be approved worldwide, Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expressed confidence that Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi's (SNY) anti-PCSK9 antibody Praluent will be approved by Friday's FDA action date. Tenthoff believes Praluent will eventually be a blockbuster drug, but anticipates the launch to be slow. He keeps a Neutral rating on Regeneron with a $484 price target.
July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTBAYRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:38 EDTBAYRYAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:30 EDTBAYRYZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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05:21 EDTBAYRYBayer downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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