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November 21, 2012
10:20 EDTVVUS, ARNA, OREX, AET, RHHBY, PFE, GSKVIVUS rallies after Aetna revises obesity drug policy
In a Clinical Policy Bulletin revision dated November 20, 2012, Aetna (AET) specified criteria under which the insurer considers weight reduction medications as "medically necessary" for treatment of obesity. Aetna stated, "For members whose medical policies do not exclude weight reduction medications or services and supplies for or related to weight reduction programs, Aetna covers [the following] drugs under the medical benefit, not the pharmacy benefit." Among the medications that have been approved by the FDA for weight reduction which would be covered under its policy, Aetna listed Qsymia, marketed by VIVUS (VVUS), Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), Didrex from Pfizer's (PFE) Pharmacia unit, Roche's (RHHBY) Xenical, and GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Alli. Early session strength in shares of VIVUS and Arena has been attributed to Aetna's policy revision, and shares of Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX), which is developing a weight loss treatment that is being considered by the FDA for approval, have also moved higher. In early morning trading, VIVUS advanced $1.58, or 15.27%, to $11.93, Arena gained 20c, or 2.24%, to $9.13 and Orexigen added 30c, or 6.88%, to $4.66.
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07:28 EDTPFEFDA to hold a joint advisory committee meeting on Chantix
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05:58 EDTRHHBYRoche sees FY14 core EPS targeted to grow ahead of sales
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05:56 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 9 month revenue CHF34.76B vs. CHF34.87B last year
Roche CEO Severin Schwan said: “Demand for our products is strong in both divisions and we are well on track to reach our full-year targets. We have had positive news from our product pipeline, including study results for Perjeta in breast cancer and a new combination therapy with Zelboraf in melanoma. The InterMune acquisition has also strengthened our portfolio with a new medicine, Esbriet for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which has now been approved by the FDA. In Diagnostics, growth continues to be driven by the immunodiagnostics business and we have strengthened our molecular diagnostics portfolio with a new generation of testing systems.”
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15:45 EDTRHHBYFDA approves Esbriet to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
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October 14, 2014
13:09 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline seeks binding bids for mature drugs, Reuters reports
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11:23 EDTRHHBY, PFE, GSKBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:19 EDTGSKNIH says several potential Ebola treatments under development
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08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance of Palbociclib NDA with priority review
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October 10, 2014
11:38 EDTARNAArena, Eisai announce publication of BELVIQ Phase 3 trial
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October 9, 2014
08:03 EDTAETWellPoint named top Managed Care pick at Jefferies
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07:02 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals receives $18M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
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