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April 7, 2014
14:09 EDTRDY, VRX, PRGO, TEVASun Pharmaceutical agrees to acquire generic drugmaker Ranbaxy
Indian drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical will buy another Indian pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy, for $3.2B, the companies said earlier today. Ranbaxy specializes in developing generic drugs. WHAT'S NEW: Sun will buy Ranbaxy in an all-stock transaction via which Ranbaxy shareholders will receive 0.8 shares of Sun Pharma for each share of Ranbaxy. The transaction price represents a premium of 18% to Ranbaxy’s 30-day volume-weighted average share price, the companies stated The combination of Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy creates the fifth-largest specialty generics company in the world and the largest pharmaceutical company in India, the companies noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: It came to light late last week that another generic drug maker, Mylan (MYL), attempted to buy a Swedish rival, Meda. Meda's board of directors confirmed on Friday that it was contacted by Mylan regarding a proposal to merge the companies, but the board decided to reject the proposal. Meda said all discussions between the company and Mylan have been terminated "without further actions." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Valeant (VRX), Dr. Reddy’s (RDY), and Perrigo (PRGO). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Mylan fell 3% and Valeant slid over 4%, while Teva, Dr. Reddy's and Perrigo all retreated about 2%.
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February 22, 2015
16:21 EDTVRXValeant expect Q1 cash EPS of at least $2.30 per share
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16:18 EDTVRXValeant reports Q4 EPS $2.58 vs. $2.15 in Q413
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16:07 EDTVRXValeant confirms acquiring Salix for $158 per share
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Salix for $158 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $14.5B. The transaction was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. Salix Pharmaceuticals is a widely recognized gastrointestinal market leader with a portfolio of 22 total products, including well-known prescription brands Xifaxan, Uceris, Relistor, and Apriso, as well as a strong near- term pipeline of innovative, new assets. "Salix's market-leading gastrointestinal franchise is an ideal strategic fit for Valeant's diversified portfolio of specialty products," said J. Michael Pearson, Valeant's chairman and CEO. "The growing GI market has attractive fundamentals, and Salix has a portfolio of terrific products that are outpacing the market in terms of volume growth and a promising near-term pipeline of innovative products. With strong brand recognition among specialist GI prescribers, a highly rated specialty sales force, and a significant product and commercial presence across the undertreated and underserved gastrointestinal market, this acquisition offers a compelling opportunity for Valeant to create a strong platform for growth and business development." The combination is expected to yield greater than $500M in annual cost savings from the cost base of the combined company. Synergies are expected to be achieved within six months of close, primarily from reductions in corporate overhead and R&D rationalization, with the cost to achieve these synergies to be approximately 65%. Valeant and Salix will determine how best to integrate the two companies to leverage the combined strengths of both while ensuring a smooth and orderly transition. Consistent with Valeant's approach to integrating Bausch + Lomb, there are no planned reductions to Salix's highly rated specialty sales forces or hospital, key account and field reimbursement teams and we will determine the optimal size of Primary Care Sales Force through the integration process.The acquisition is structured as an all-cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Salix common stock at a price of $158 per share followed by a merger in which each remaining untendered share of Salix common stock would be converted into the right to receive the same $158 cash per share consideration as in the tender offer. The all-cash offer will be financed through a combination of bank debt and bonds. As a result of the need to draw down inventories, EBITDA will be artificially low in 2014 and 2015, resulting in the initial net leverage ratio of approximately 5.6. Valeant is committed to reducing its net leverage ratio to be below 4.0 by the second half of 2016. As a result of the plan to reduce wholesaler inventory levels in 2015, the transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to 2015 cash EPS, but over 20% accretive to 2016 cash EPS. Valeant does not expect any change to its credit ratings as a result of the transaction. The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.
15:59 EDTVRXValeant to buy Salix for $10.1B, FT says
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February 20, 2015
09:45 EDTVRXValeant near deal to acquire Salix, CNBC's Faber reports
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09:43 EDTVRXValeant nearing deal to acquire Salix, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:04 EDTTEVATeva to present new respiratory data at AAAAI
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced that four company-sponsored abstracts will be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, or AAAAI, in Houston, Texas. Data to be presented include two replicate 52-week Phase III global studies of the company’s anti-IL5 monoclonal antibody, reslizumab, in patients with asthma and elevated blood eosinophils who were inadequately controlled on medium-to-high doses of inhaled corticosteroids with or without an additional controller. The data are scheduled for presentation on Monday, February 23 during an oral session titled “Asthma Therapy and Mechanisms.” Also to be presented are two Phase III studies of beclomethasone dipropionate 40mcg, which gained FDA approval in December 2014, and is now available for the treatment of nasal symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis in children 4-11 years of age. In addition, a dose-response study evaluating the safety and efficacy of fluticasone/salmeterol multidose dry-powder inhaler in patients 12 years of age and older with persistent asthma will be presented.
07:08 EDTPRGO, TEVAAmerican 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.
February 19, 2015
17:03 EDTTEVATeva to initiate Phase 2b TV-45070 clinical trial
Xenon Pharmaceuticals (XENE) announced that its development and commercialization partner Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) will initiate a Phase 2b clinical trial of TV-45070 in patients with post-herpetic neuralgia, or PHN. The Phase 2b clinical trial in PHN will be a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, multi-site study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TV-45070 in patients with PHN. The study will include three treatment groups to receive doses of 4% or 8% of TV-45070 or placebo, dosed twice daily. Approximately 330 patients will be enrolled in the study. Patients will be stratified into treatment groups based on their R1150W status, a genetic pain biomarker believed to be related to pain susceptibility. The primary endpoint of this study is the change from baseline to week 4 in the numeric rating scale, or NRS, scores. Secondary endpoints include additional pain measurement scores at specified daily time points, the percentage of patients with greater than 30% and greater than 50% improvement in pain scores, quality of life measurements and adverse events measurements. The first patient is anticipated to be dosed in March, and the anticipated completion date for the Phase 2b clinical trial is mid-2016.
February 18, 2015
07:53 EDTPRGOPerrigo management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Minneapolis/Milwaukee on February 18 hosted by UBS.
07:45 EDTTEVAEagle Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $37 from $30 at Cantor
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07:13 EDTTEVAEagle Pharmaceuticals target raised to $43 from $25 at William Blair
William Blair raised its price target for Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) to $43 saying the company's agreement with Teva (TEVA) removes a major overhang on the stock. William Blair says the deal is a significant positive for Eagle since it removes litigation risk and moves the company immediately into profitability. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTVRXJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
17:13 EDTVRXPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:47 EDTTEVABioTime provides update on Cell Cure's product development, partnering
BioTime (BTX) and its subsidiary Cell Cure Neurosciences provided an update on Cell Cure’s product development and partnering activities. On February 16, Cell Cure opened the clinical trial of OpRegen titled “Phase I/IIa Dose Escalation Safety and Efficacy Study of Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells Transplanted Subretinally in Patients with Advanced Dry-Form Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Geographic Atrophy” at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. Patient enrollment is expected to begin shortly. OpRegen consists of animal product-free retinal pigment epithelial cells with high purity and potency. On October 31, 2014, the FDA cleared Cell Cure's Investigational New Drug application to initiate the clinical trial of OpRegen in patients with the severe form of age-related macular degeneration with geographic atrophy.The Phase I/IIa clinical trial, will evaluate three different dose regimens of OpRegen. Following transplantation, the patients will be followed for 12 months at specified intervals, to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the product. Following the initial 12 month period, patients will continue to be monitored at longer intervals for an additional period of time. A secondary objective of the clinical trial will be to examine the ability of transplanted OpRegen to engraft, survive, and moderate disease progression in the patients. In addition to thorough characterization of visual function, a battery of ophthalmic imaging modalities will be used to quantify structural changes and rate of GA expansion. Cell Cure also announced that the option granted to Teva (TEVA) under a Research and Exclusive Option Agreement of October 7, 2010 to license-in rights to its OpRegen product has expired without having been exercised by Teva. Cell Cure will therefore be continuing the clinical development of OpRegen on its own and pursuing discussions with other potential strategic partners, including those that have already indicated interest in participating in development and commercialization of the product. Cell Cure also announced that US patent No. 8,956,866 relating to a proprietary method of manufacturing RPE cells is expected to issue on February 17. This patent combined with other patents and patent applications in the BioTime family of companies provides significant patent protection for this novel therapeutic modality for AMD.
08:39 EDTTEVATeva deal small but important, says BMO Capital
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08:35 EDTTEVATeva announces launch of generic Lovenox and Zyvox in U.S.
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08:18 EDTPRGOPerrigo weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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07:24 EDTPRGOPerrigo management to meet with UBS
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07:04 EDTTEVATeva, Eagle enter license agreement for EP-3102
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) and Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) announce that the companies have entered into an exclusive license agreement for EP-3102, Eagle’s bendamustine hydrochloride rapid infusion product for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Teva will be responsible for all U.S. commercial activities for the product including promotion and distribution. Eagle has responsibility for obtaining all regulatory approvals, conducting post-approval clinical studies, if required, and initially supplying drug product to Teva. As part of the agreement, Teva will waive its orphan drug exclusivities for NHL and CLL with respect to EP-3102, which should allow the product to come to market more quickly. Under the terms of the exclusive license agreement, Eagle will receive an upfront cash payment of $30M and is eligible to receive up to $90M in additional milestone payments. In addition, Eagle will receive double-digit royalties on net sales of the product, assuming FDA approval. The companies will also settle the pending patent infringement action between them.
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