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April 25, 2014
11:02 EDTSNY, MRKEMA backs new indication for Sanofi's Gardasil, Merck's Silgard
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use adopted a positive opinion recommending a variation to the terms of the marketing authorization for Sanofi's (SNY) medicinal product Gardasil. The CHMP adopted a new indication of: "Gardasil is a vaccine for use from the age of 9 years for the prevention of: premalignant genital lesions, premalignant anal lesions, cervical cancers and anal cancers causally related to certain oncogenic Human Papillomavirus types and genital wartscausally related to specific HPV types." The CHMP also adopted a positive opinion recommending a variation to the terms of the marketing authorization for Merck Sharp & Dohme's (MRK) Silgard. The CHMP adopted a new indication of: "Silgard is a vaccine for use from the age of 9 years for the prevention of premalignant genital lesions, premalignant anal lesions, cervical cancers and anal cancers causally related to certain oncogenic Human Papillomavirus types and genital warts causally related to specific HPV types."
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July 24, 2014
08:32 EDTMRKMerck initiates Phase 3 study of Letermovir
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July 21, 2014
07:21 EDTMRKGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
07:11 EDTSNYInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTMRKGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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July 16, 2014
09:03 EDTSNYSanofi held talks on mature drugs with Abbott, Mylan, PE firms, Reuters says
Sanofi (SNY) has shopped an $8.5B portfolio of mature drugs to Abbott (ABT), Mylan (MYL) and private equity firms, according to Reuters, citing an internal company document circulated by the CGT union. Sanofi is considering whether to sell, carve out or create a joint venture for the portfolio of about 200 drugs, but a Sanofi spokesman said no decision has yet been made, the report noted. Reference Link
06:26 EDTMRKBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
July 15, 2014
11:13 EDTMRKPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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08:11 EDTMRKMerck looks to revive livestock drug Zilmax, WSJ says
Merck has been preparing to conduct a large-scale study this summer to evaluate the safety of its Zilmax feed additive, which the company pulled from the U.S. market last year over concerns in the beef industry that the drug made it difficult for some animals to walk, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:35 EDTMRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
July 10, 2014
16:12 EDTMRKMedivation names Dawn Svoronos as Chief Commercial Officer
Medivation (MDVN) announced Dawn Svoronos has been appointed as its chief commercial officer, reporting to David Hung, M.D., founder, CEO and president of Medivation. Svoronos currently is a member of Medivation's Board of Directors and is a former president of Europe and Canada for Merck & Co. (MRK), where she oversaw commercial operations in approximately 30 EU and EU accession countries. Svoronos will lead Medivation's commercial organization on an interim basis and will participate in the company's search for a permanent chief commercial officer. Cheryl Cohen, Medivation's former chief commercial officer, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

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