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May 29, 2014
07:24 EDTRHHBY, PFE, NVSItaly pursues drug firms for anti-trust compensation, Reuters says
Italy said it was seeking over EUR1B in compensation from multinational drug firms after a ruling by the country's antitrust authority that their policies had been damaging to Italy's national health service, according to Reuters, citing a company statement from the country's health ministry. The health ministry requested EUR1.2B total from Novartis (NVS) and Roche (RHHBY) and EUR14M from Pfizer (PFE). Reference Link
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May 18, 2015
07:38 EDTNVSNovartis outlook has improved, says Bernstein
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06:58 EDTPFEActavis CEO says chances of Pfizer offer are 'unlikely', Financial Times says
Actavis (ACT) CEO Brent Saunders said the chances of Pfizer (PFE) making an offer are "incredibly unlikely," reports the Financial Times. Saunders said he has heard the gossip that Actavis could become a takeover target for a larger group, but he spends "zero time thinking about it." Reference Link
May 15, 2015
09:31 EDTNVS, PFEAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
May 14, 2015
12:29 EDTPFEPfizer receives 'second request' from FTC regarding potential Hospira merger
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09:22 EDTRHHBYLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:39 EDTPFETargacept, Catalyst Biosciences amend definitive merger agreement
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08:08 EDTPFEPfizer director Marc Tessier-Lavigne to step down from board
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May 13, 2015
19:17 EDTPFEHospira and FDA detect security vulnerabilities in infusion pumps
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18:12 EDTRHHBYGenentech alectinib shrank tumors in about half of ALK-positive NSCLC patients
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17:19 EDTPFEPfizer, Merck KGaA to present data at ASCO for avelumab
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17:04 EDTRHHBYGenentech announces interim results from POPLAR study
Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced interim results from a global, randomized Phase II study, POPLAR, in people with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer, NSCLC. The study showed the investigational cancer immunotherapy MPDL3280A doubled the likelihood of survival; hazard ratio [HR]=0.47) in people whose cancer expressed the highest levels of PD-L1 compared with docetaxel chemotherapy. An improvement in survival was also observed in people who had medium and high or any level of PD-L1 expression, as characterized by a test being developed by Roche. MPDL3280A was generally well tolerated and adverse events were consistent with what has been previously reported for MPDL3280A in NSCLC. Updated results will be presented in an oral session at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “In our study of MPDL3280A in previously treated lung cancer, the amount of PD-L1 expressed by a person’s cancer correlated with improvement in survival,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. “The goal of PD-L1 as a biomarker is to identify people most likely to experience improved overall survival with MPDL3280A alone, and which people may be appropriate candidates for a combination of medicines.”
13:43 EDTPFEHospira shareholders approve merger with Pfizer
Hospira (HSP) announced that Hospira shareholders voted in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement with Pfizer (PFE) at a special meeting of stockholders held May 13 in Denver, Colorado. On February 5, Hospira and Pfizer announced they had entered into a merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Hospira for $90 per share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately $17B. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, one of which was approval of the merger by Hospira's shareholders. Additional closing conditions to be met include obtaining regulatory approvals in several jurisdictions. Hospira and Pfizer continue to expect the merger to close in the second half of 2015.
07:31 EDTPFEHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 12, 2015
09:26 EDTNVSNovartis Animal Health issued FDA warning letter over marketing materials
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May 11, 2015
17:36 EDTPFEAthersys down 10.1% after Pfizer notified that it will terminate agreement
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17:34 EDTPFEAthersys receives notification that Pfizer will terminate agreement
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16:33 EDTPFEPfizer takes minority interest in AM-Pharma, secures option to acquire company
AM-Pharma and Pfizer announced that Pfizer has acquired a minority equity interest in AM-Pharma and secured an exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in the company. The option becomes exercisable upon completion of a Phase II trial of recAP in the treatment of Acute Kidney Injury related to sepsis. There are no drugs currently approved for this condition and the only treatment option is dialysis and supportive care. Results from the current Phase II trial for recAP are expected in the second half of 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer has made an upfront payment of $87.5M for the minority equity interest and exclusive option, with additional potential payments of up to $512.5M upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from this agreement. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Pfizer is committed to advancing the science to address the high unmet medical need in Acute Kidney Injury,” said Mikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D., president, Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer. “Clinical data for recAP show the potential to uniquely address Acute Kidney Injury in the setting of sepsis, and we look forward to working with our partners at AM-Pharma as we aim to accelerate the development of recAP into a potential first-in-class treatment for patients.”
15:54 EDTNVSGlaxo CEO defends strategy, warns of risks of chasing higher prices, FT says
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO Andrew Witty defends the company's shift in focus from high-priced prescription drugs to higher volume, but lower priced, products, warning that chasing ever-higher prices risks undermining the industry and may create "its own tension that leads to some kind of change,” reported Financial Times, citing an interview. Witty acknowledges the company's asset swap with Novartis (NVS) opens the door to a potential break up, but argues there are benefits to keeping pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer goods together and there would be “no logic” in a split at this early time after the Novartis deal, the report added. Reference Link
05:11 EDTRHHBYRoche receives FDA approval for cobas KRAS Mutation Test
Roche announced that the FDA has approved the cobas KRAS Mutation Test for diagnostic use. The real-time PCR test is designed to identify KRAS mutations in tumor samples from metastatic colorectal cancer, or mCRC, patients and aid clinicians in determining a therapeutic path for them.
May 8, 2015
05:15 EDTNVSNovartis drug Zykadia gains EU approval
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