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January 14, 2014
05:51 EDTVRX, ACT, MYL, PFEPfizer's generics unit attracts several suitors, Reuters reports
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Actavis (ACT) and Mylan (MYL) are each interested in buying Pfizer's (PFE) branded generics business, sources say, even though there are no ongoing discussions at this point, reports Reuters.Reference Link
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September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTVRX, PFE, ACT, MYLOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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07:33 EDTMYLMylan initiates Phase III clinical trials for Advair Diskus and Lantus
Mylan (MYL) announced it is initiating Phase III clinical trials for its generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's (GKS) Advair Diskus and its insulin analog to Sanofi's (SNY) Lantus. In October Mylan will commence a Phase III clinical trial to evaluate the equivalence of its product to Advair Diskus when administered by inhalation in adult asthma patients.
07:19 EDTPFECompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:06 EDTACTActavis, subsidiary sued by NY attorney general, Reuters says
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit versus Actavis and its subsidiary, Forest Laboratories, to impede the firms from stopping its Alzheimer's medication production, claiming that they were aiming to illegally maintain a monopolistic stance, according to Reuters, citing comments from Schneiderman. Reference Link
05:37 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square, Allergan settle pending litigation before DE Court
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September 15, 2014
09:25 EDTPFEJPMorgan biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts assess Pfizer's M&A options on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on September 15 at 10 am.
07:27 EDTPFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTPFE, ACTPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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06:34 EDTMYLMylan signs agreement with Gilead
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences (GILD), under which Mylan has been licensed the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute sofosbuvir and the investigational single tablet regimen of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in 91 developing countries. Sofosbuvir is marketed by Gilead under the brand name Sovaldi. The countries within the agreement account for more than 100M people living with hepatitis C globally representing 54% of the total global infected population. Under the licensing agreement, Mylan will receive a technology transfer enabling the company to manufacture low-cost versions of the medicines for developing markets.
September 14, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEPfizer shares look cheap, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTPFE, ACTPfizer CEO says company still open to inversion deal, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) CEO Ian Read said U.S. rhetoric against tax inversions has been "political theater" ahead of midterm elections and made clear that his company is still open to a potential tax-saving acquisition, according to Financial Times, which added Read's comment about not being ďheld hostageĒ over price would likely be read as a signal the company might look elsewhere after being rebuffed by AstraZeneca (AZN). The Fly notes that Bloomberg previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Pfizer is looking at targets other than AstraZeneca, including Actavis (ACT). Shares of Actavis trading in New York are up 2% this morning. Reference Link
08:02 EDTVRXPershing submits special meeting requests totaling 35% of Allergan shares
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05:09 EDTVRXAllergan comments on Pershing Square delivery of additional requests
Allergan (AGN) commented on Pershing Square Capital Management delivery of additional requests from stockholders owning 1.5% of Allerganís shares to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders. Allergan will review these requests in addition to the requests from stockholders owning 2.8% of Allerganís shares that were delivered on September 3. The company issued the following statement: Notwithstanding Pershing Square and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) efforts to change the subject, Allergan recognizes that what actually matters is value, and thatís what the company is focusing on delivering to stockholders. In that regard, Allerganís current strategic plan is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth, including estimated 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan has already scheduled the Special Meeting for December 18. As such, the delivery of additional requests for the Special Meeting by Pershing Square is not a meaningful development. The lawsuit in California is seeking an order barring Valeant, Pershing Square, Ackman, and entities affiliated with them from voting shares that Allergan believes were acquired in violation of the federal securities laws, including insider trading. If Allerganís motion for a preliminary injunction is granted, it would prevent Valeant, Pershing Square, and Ackman from voting their shares at any meeting of stockholders.
September 11, 2014
09:52 EDTVRXValeant to submit consent from 35% of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
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September 10, 2014
09:02 EDTACTActavis won't see serious long-term impact from rejection, says Sterne Agee
After the FDA's Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted to recommend against approval of Actavis' New Drug Application for the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan for the treatment of hypertension, Sterne Agee does not thinks the vote is very meaningful to the company's longer-term growth and earnings potential. The firm says that removing the product from its revenue outlook causes its 2018 EPS estimate for the company to drop by less than 1%. The firm still thinks the company can easily reach its 2017 EPS target of about $20. Sterne Agee keeps a $272 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:56 EDTACTFDA advisors recommend against approval of Actavis' nebivolol/valsartan combo
Actavis last night confirmed that the FDA's Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee has voted to recommend against approval of Actavis' New Drug Application for the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan for the treatment of hypertension. The committee vote was six to four recommending against approval. The committee recommendation is not binding on the FDA, which makes the final decision regarding approval. Actavis expects FDA action on its NDA for the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan by the fourth quarter of 2014. Actavis' Senior VP, Global Brands Research and Development, David Nicholson, said, "Although we are disappointed in the Committee's recommendation regarding the fixed-dose combination of nebivolol and valsartan, we remain fully committed to supporting the NDA for this important potential new treatment option for patients with hypertension. We remain confident in the safety and efficacy of the combination of these two widely used and well-tolerated treatments, and we look forward to working with the FDA as it completes its review." Shares of Actavis are down more than 2% in pre-market trading following yesterday's committee recommendation.
07:02 EDTMYLMylan to acquire U.S. rights to Arixtra injection from Aspen
Mylan's subsidiary Mylan Ireland Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire the U.S. commercialization, marketing and intellectual property rights relating to Arixtra Injection and the authorized generic of Arixtra from Aspen Global Incorporated. Arixtra is indicated for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis, which may lead to pulmonary embolism in patients undergoing hip fracture surgery. Mylan already is selling Arixtra in the U.S. through an interim distribution arrangement with Aspen and Apotex is currently selling the AG of Arixtra, which will be transitioning to Mylan Institutional by year end.
September 9, 2014
17:06 EDTACTFDA panel votes against Actavis blood pressure pill, Bloomberg says
FDA advisers said that Actavis's experimental pill that combines two existing drugs to lower high blood pressure doesnít provide a clinically meaningful benefit over the two drugs alone, says Bloomberg. The advisory panel voted 6 to 4 against recommending the treatment, added Bloomberg. Shares of Actavis are trading down almost 1% in after-hours trading. Reference Link
10:18 EDTACTDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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06:42 EDTMYL, VRXLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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