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June 18, 2014
10:17 EDTAMGN, ABBV, AGN, BIIB, BMY, SHPG, GILD, VRXShire rises after analyst predicts Allergan takeover
Shares of Irish drug maker Shire (SHPG) are climbing after an analyst at SunTrust predicted that Allergan (AGN) would soon look to buy the Irish company. WHAT'S NEW: A bid for Shire by Allergan is imminent, wrote SunTrust analyst John Boris in a note to investors earlier today. An acquisition of Shire would be more advantageous for Allergan shareholders than the proposed hostile takeover of the company by Valeant (VRX), Boris contended. An acquisition of Shire would boost Allergan's stock more than a Valeant deal, and would enable Allergan's shareholders to avoid the risk of holding Valeant's stock, the analyst stated. Following an acquisition of Shire by Allergan, the combined company would have sustainable, transparent revenue growth of about 10%, a diversified sales mix, high value research and development programs and a tax inversion, the analyst believes. Additionally, the transaction would boost Allergan's profit by 50% in its first year and would enable its profit growth to accelerate significantly, according to Boris. He kept a $200 price target and Buy rating on Shire shares. ALSO TODAY: Valeant announced that it has commenced an exchange offer for Allergan, taking its buyout proposal directly to stockholders. Under the terms of the offer, Allergan stockholders would be able to elect to exchange each of their Allergan shares for $72.00 in cash and 0.83 Valeant common shares, or an amount of cash, or a number of Valeant common shares, in each case subject to proration. The offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 16, Reuters reported that Shire had hired Citigroup (C) as an adviser to prepare for takeover bids. Bankers believe that Shire could be an attractive takeover target for Bristol Myers (BMY), Abbvie (ABBV), Gilead (GILD), Biogen (BIIB) or Amgen (AMGN), the news service reported. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Shire is up 4%, or $6.61, to $193.77 while Allergan is up 1%, or $1.27, to $161.80. Valeant is little changed at $118.90.
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August 20, 2015
09:13 EDTVRXPalatin up 15.18% after Valeant announces plans to buy Sprout for $1B
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08:16 EDTAGNAllergan's Botox resubmission for lower limb spasticiy accepted by FDA
Allergan 's resubmission of its Supplemental Biologics License Application for Botox for the treatment of adults with lower limb spasticity in adults has been accepted by the FDA. A six-month review period has been assigned for the sBLA. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act date is expected to be in 1Q16. The resubmission provides additional data from a double-blind, placebo controlled study involving 468 patients with lower limb spasticity. The FDA also approved an increase to the maximum Botox cumulative dose within three months from 360 to 400 units in adults treated for one or more indications.
07:31 EDTVRXValeant to acquire Sprout Pharma for $1B, plus a share of future profits
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06:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces Canadian approval of Daklinza
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05:50 EDTVRXValeant nears deal to buy Sprout Pharma for $1B, WSJ reports
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August 19, 2015
17:46 EDTBIIBApplied Genetic says Biogen collaboration effective, equity investment closed
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06:09 EDTABBVUnited Therapeutics agrees to sell PPRV to AbbVie for $350M
United Therapeutics (UTHR) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher, or PPRV, to a subsidiary of AbbVie (ABBV). United Therapeutics received the PPRV when Unituxin was approved by the FDA for the treatment of neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric disease. Upon closing of the transaction, United Therapeutics will receive $350M in cash in exchange for the PPRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases.
05:57 EDTABBVAbbVie implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
05:46 EDTBMYStocks with implied volatility movement; ESRX BMY
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August 18, 2015
12:06 EDTAMGNAmgen to pay $71M in 48-state settlement over Aranesp, Enbrel promotions
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his Office has participated in a $71M multi-state settlement with Amgen to resolve allegations it unlawfully promoted the biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel. West Virginia will receive $845,637.82 as part of the settlement, which was negotiated between the company and Attorneys General from 48 states and the District of Columbia. A complaint in the matter was filed Tuesday morning in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Aranesp is used to treat certain types of anemia by stimulating bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Enbrel is used to treat a number of conditions, including plaque psoriasis. In addition to the $71M settlement, the agreement requires Amgen to reform its marketing and promotional practices. In addition to West Virginia, the other states participating in this settlement are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming and the District of Columbia.
09:19 EDTAMGNPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:07 EDTAMGNAmgen and University of California announce education program partnership
Amgen and the Center for Social Sector Leadership at the University of California, or UC, Berkeley's Haas School of Business announced a multi-year partnership to offer a graduate-level course on measuring outcomes of cancer patient advocacy education and support programs. The MBA course, Social Impact Metrics, is designed to advance the ability of nonprofit organizations to measure the effectiveness of their programs, which is critical in an increasingly challenging donor environment. The overall goal of the initiative is to create a set of measurement best practices that can be adopted across the cancer nonprofit community and beyond.
08:21 EDTBIIBBiogen long-term outlook still positive, says RBC Capital
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07:22 EDTBMYBristol-Myers combo data could push shares above $70, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott says the risk/reward for shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb looks "very attractive" ahead of the World Conference on Lung Cancer, which begins September 6. Data at the conference supportive of an Opdivo/Yervoy combo would represent a clear catalyst for the shares, Schott tells investors in a research note. Bristol is "already extremely well-positioned" in the advanced non-small cell lung cancer market, and data suggesting that the company has addressed toxicity concerns with the combo could push the stock above $70, Schott argues. Bristol closed yesterday up 39c to $63.47. The analyst sees limited downside to stock even with disappointing results at the World Conference on Lung Cancer. He reiterates an Overweight rating on Bristol with a $75 price target.
07:05 EDTBIIBBiogen, ALS Association, Columbia collaborate to drive understanding of ALS
Biogen, the ALS Association and Columbia University Medical Center announced a new collaboration to better understand the differences and commonalities in the ALS disease process and how genes influence the clinical features of the disease. The project, "Genomic Translation for ALS Clinical care", will involve a combination of next generation genetic sequencing and detailed clinical phenotyping in 1500 people with ALS. The goal of the project is to provide a basis for the development of precision medicine, or more individually tailored therapies for ALS. "We want to bring genomics right to the point of care in ALS where instead of focusing on retrospective DNA samples with limited clinical information, we focus on patients who are under active clinical management," said ALS Association Chief Scientist Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., M.B.A. "By focusing on patients seen by participating ALS clinics, this project will allow investigators to ask how different genetic causes of ALS translate into different clinical consequences."
August 17, 2015
08:43 EDTBMYBristol-Myers sells Ixempra to R-PHARM, terms not disclosed
R-PHARM announces the acquisition of Ixempra from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ixempra received marketing approval from the FDA in 2007 and in 18 other markets globally. Ixempra is indicated as monotherapy or in combination with capecitabine for the treatment of metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer in patients whose tumors are resistant or refractory to anthracyclines, taxanes, and capecitabine. With the acquisition, R-PHARM has launched its U.S. commercial operations, and it is now responsible for all activities surrounding Ixempra's manufacture, distribution, sales, and reimbursement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
08:23 EDTAMGNDeutsche Bank biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:03 EDTBIIBBiogen: Clinical data supports long-term safety, efficacy of Alprolix
New clinical data support the long-term safety and efficacy of ALPROLIX in people with severe hemophilia B treated for up to two years, Biogen announced. Participants in the Phase 3, open-label extension study, B-YOND, maintained low bleeding rates with one to two week prophylaxis regimens, according to data from an interim analysis. Investigators presented these interim results for the first time at the 67th Annual Meeting for the National Hemophilia Foundation in Dallas. B-YOND is a multi-year study for people with severe hemophilia B who completed the Phase 3 pivotal B-LONG or Kids B-LONG studies. In this interim analysis, the median time on ALPROLIX during B-YOND was 27.6 months for adults and adolescents, and 47.7 weeks for children under age 12. The study's primary endpoint is inhibitor development, and no inhibitors have been reported to-date. There were three prophylactic dosing options for adult, adolescent, and pediatric participants in the B-YOND trial - weekly, individualized, and modified prophylaxis. An episodic treatment arm was also available for adult and adolescent patients.
06:55 EDTSHPGBaxalta initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
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06:48 EDTSHPGShire to raise Baxalta offer if given access to company's books, Telegraph says
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