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January 17, 2014
13:42 EDTRTRXSAC Capital reports 5.6% passive stake in Retrophin
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September 30, 2015
07:11 EDTRTRXLeerink to hold a roundtable
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September 23, 2015
06:29 EDTRTRXOrphan drug pricing concerns overdone, says Leerink
Leerink analyst Joseph Schwartz says his firm's Orphan Drug Payor survey contrasts with the recent bearish investor sentiment over the orphan drug business model. The survey of 30 payors indicates that the reimbursement landscape "remains highly favorable" for commercially insured patients and is able to withstand potential weakness caused by proposed changes to Medicare pricing, Schwartz tells investors in a research note. His analysis suggests a "surprisingly limited" impact to valuations of orphan drug companies should Medicare patients receive drug discounts. Schwartz views the pricing concerns stemming from Hillary Clinton's plan to combat high drug prices as overdone. He reiterates Outperform ratings on AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG), BioMarin (BMRN), Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) and Retrophin (RTRX).
September 22, 2015
06:19 EDTRTRXClinton to roll out plan to rein in prescription drug costs, USA Today reports
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September 21, 2015
14:04 EDTRTRXClinton vow to end drug price gouging sinks biotechs
Biotech stocks have declined across the board in afternoon trading following a tweet by Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs. TURING STEPS UP PRICING: Clinton's tweet directly referenced Turing Pharmaceuticals' Daraprim treatment for toxoplasmosis, which recently had its price hiked from just $13.50 per pill to $750 after the privately-held company acquired the drug from Impax Laboratories (IPXL). Importantly, Daraprim was first approved by the FDA in 1953 and its patents have long since expired. No generic versions of the drug currently exist, perhaps in part due to Turing executive chairman Martin Shkreli's strategy of tightly controlling distribution, according to a New York Post article on the issue. In a Bloomberg TV interview this morning, Shkreli claimed that the drug remains underpriced compared to what he called its peers in the rare disease space. However, note that a World Health Organization analysis from 2013 reported that over 190,000 cases of toxoplasmosis occur globally every year and Daraprim continues to be listed on the organization's list of essential medicines for a basic health-care system. INDUSTRY CRITICISM: Turing's Daraprim pricing prompted a response from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association, which criticized the "unjustifiable" new cost of the drug and urged a "rational" pricing strategy. The news surrounding Daraprim also comes on the heels of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issuing a letter in August to Valeant (VRX) and Hospira (HSP), in which he requested information on the "enormous" price increases of two drugs Valeant acquired earlier in the year. REPUBLICAN CONGRESS: In a research note released this afternoon, RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee reminded investors that Republicans still control Congress, offering a sobering reminder that campaign trail promises often fall by the wayside once the candidate steps into office. Yee explained that, though drug pricing debates during next year's election will probably generate headline risk for the biotech space, the Republican-controlled Congress is unlikely to sign into law any material changes on the issue. BIOTECH STOCK ACTION: Hillary Clinton's promise to "lay out a plan" tomorrow to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market sent numerous biotech stocks plunging. Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) has crashed 12.6% at time of writing, while Retrophin (RTRX), Ultragenyx (RARE), and PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) are down 14.7%, 13.4%, and 11%, respectively. Biotech giants AbbVie (ABBV), Gilead (GILD), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and Biogen (BIIB) have also slipped in intraday trading, while the NASDAQ Biotechnology index is down roughly 4%.

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