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January 24, 2014
05:48 EDTPFE, GSK, LLY, NVS, RHHBY, JNJ, AZN, SNYDrug firms again focus on R&D for antibiotics, WSJ reports
Over the past 15 years, drug companies left antibiotic development due to high R&D costs, poor returns and growing regulations. Now, they're finding that it's again important to search for new antibiotics as so-called superbugs increase, reports the Wall Street Journal.Reference Link
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February 23, 2015
15:00 EDTNVSFDA approves Farydak for treatment of multiple myeloma
The FDA approved Farydak for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that arises from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell, found in bone marrow. Farydak is the first HDAC inhibitor approved to treat multiple myeloma. It is intended for patients who have received at least two prior standard therapies, including bortezomib and an immunomodulatory agent. Farydak is to be used in combination with bortezomib, a type of chemotherapy, and dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory medication. Farydak is marketed by Novartis.
13:40 EDTNVSAnalysts clash on Spectrum outlook after patent suit setback
Two research firms had divergent views on Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. BACKGROUND: Late Friday, a federal judge ruled that Novartis' (NVS) levoleucovorin, a generic version of Spectrum's Fusilev, does not infringe on Spectrum's intellectual property. Fusilev is indicated after high-dose methotrexate therapy in osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones. It is also used to treat patients with advanced metastatic colorectal cancer. BEARISH TAKE: Roth Capital analyst Joseph Pantginis downgraded Spectrum to Neutral from Buy following the ruling, as he believes the risk to the company's revenue has risen. The company is meaningfully less likely to become profitable again, wrote Pantginis, noting that Fusilev accounted for about 50% of the company's product revenue. According to the analyst, Spectrum is becoming increasingly focused on developing its earlier stage drugs, and he expects those drugs to grow slowly. Pantginis slashed his price target on the shares to $7 from $15. BULLISH TAKE: In a note to investors earlier today, Reni Benjamin, an analyst at research firm H.C. Wainwright, wrote that the stock's plunge after the judge's ruling "creates a table-pounding buying opportunity," noting that Fusilev has been granted exclusivity as a colorectal treatment until 2018. Benjamin does not expect the company's revenue from Fusilev to decline at all until 2018, as a citizen's petition submitted by Spectrum to the FDA, along with an appeal the company is mounting to Friday's ruling, and the difficulty that Novartis will have launching its version of the drug while the appeal is ongoing, will help prevent Spectrum's revenue from dropping. Also likely to protect Spectrum's revenue are the strong relationships that the company has developed with hospitals and community doctors, the analyst stated. He kept a $15 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Spectrum tumbled $1.44, or 19.3% to $6.02.
13:33 EDTGSKRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
12:53 EDTAZNAnalysts debate potential for competing Salix takeover bid
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12:21 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:17 EDTGSK, NVSFTC puts conditions on Novartis's proposed acquisition of GSK oncology drugs
According to the FTC, Global pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma (ARRY) to settle charges that Novartis’s $16B acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive...If the acquisition goes forward as proposed, Novartis would likely delay or terminate development of both its BRAF and MEK inhibitors, as well as the combination product. For that reason, Novartis’s acquisition of GSK’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely cause significant competitive harm in the U.S. markets for both the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, ultimately raising prices for consumers and depriving them of potentially superior products. Under the terms of the proposed consent agreement, Novartis is required to provide transitional services to Array BioPharma to ensure that development of the BRAF and MEK inhibitors continues uninterrupted and that competition in BRAF and MEK inhibitor markets is not reduced. Reference Link
08:31 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces delay in submission of basal insulin peglispro beyond Q1
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07:55 EDTAZNJefferies says other bidders may emerge for Salix
Jefferies says it could envision other bidders emerging for Salix (SLXP) and points out recent media reports have suggested Shire (SHPG) and Endo (ENDP) have considered making a bid for the company. It lists AstraZeneca (AZN) and Takeda as others who could have possible interest in Salix. The firm believes Valeant (VRX) could afford to pay more for Salix should other bidders emerge.
07:14 EDTNVSSpectrum says plans to appeal patent suit loss to Novartis unit
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) confirmed in a regulatory filing that on February 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada ordered that judgment be entered in favor of defendant Sandoz in the matter entitled Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al v. Sandoz Inc. "Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. intends to appeal this decision and the ultimate outcome of this litigation remains uncertain," the company stated. Sandoz is the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis (NVS).
07:06 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Incyte announces positive results for baricitinib
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06:21 EDTRHHBYFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 22, 2015
12:51 EDTJNJJ&J considers Cordis sale with Cardinal the leading suitor, Bloomberg says
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February 20, 2015
17:31 EDTJNJJ&J considering sale of Cordis with Cardinal the leading suitor, Bloomberg says
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16:48 EDTRHHBYDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTJNJOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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10:33 EDTPFEBattleground update: AbbVie named top global pick at Jefferies
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10:31 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance of NDA for Rapamune
Pfizer announced that the FDA has accepted for priority review a supplemental New Drug Application for RAPAMUNE for the treatment of lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare, progressive lung disease in women of childbearing age that is often fatal. With the Priority Review designation for the sNDA, Pfizer anticipates a decision in June of 2015 based on the anticipated Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date. The sNDA is based on results from the Multicenter International Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Efficacy and Safety of Sirolimus Trial. The MILES Trial included 89 LAM patients with moderate lung impairment who were randomized to receive RAPAMUNE or placebo for 12 months, followed by a 12 month observation period. In the trial, those treated with RAPAMUNE for one year experienced stabilization of lung function as measured by forced expiratory volume in one second.
09:38 EDTJNJActive equity options trading on open
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07:23 EDTRHHBY, JNJ, PFE, GSK, AZNAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTSNY, NVS, GSK, AZNAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
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