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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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August 25, 2014
09:11 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:24 EDTRHHBYRoche to hold a conference call
CEO Schwan and CFO Hippe discuss the acquisition of InterMune on a conference call to be held on August 25 at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:23 EDTRHHBYRoche acquisition makes sense, says Bernstein
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07:11 EDTRHHBYInterMune volatility expected to move on Roche acquiring for $8.3B
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07:03 EDTVVUSVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
06:29 EDTPFEPfizer mulls possible AstraZeneca offer options, FT says
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August 24, 2014
20:27 EDTRHHBYRoche drops pursuit for remainder of Japan's Chugai, Bloomberg says
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13:41 EDTRHHBYRoche to acquire InterMune for $74.00 per share
Roche (RHHBY) and InterMune (ITMN) announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Roche to fully acquire InterMune at a price of $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. This corresponds to a total transaction value of $8.3B on a fully diluted basis. This offer represents a premium of 38% to InterMune's closing price on August 22 and a premium of 63% to InterMune's unaffected closing price on August 12. The merger agreement has been approved by the boards of InterMune and Roche. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Roche will commence a tender offer no later than August 29 to acquire all outstanding shares of InterMune common stock, and InterMune will file a recommendation statement containing the unanimous recommendation of the InterMune board that InterMune's shareholders tender their shares to Roche. The transaction is expected to be neutral to core earnings per share in 2015 and accretive from 2016 onwards. The acquisition of InterMune, a Brisbane, California based biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and fibrotic diseases, will allow Roche to broaden and strengthen its respiratory portfolio globally. Roche plans a smooth transition of InterMune employees and operations into the Roche organization, ensuring readiness for an expected launch of pirfenidone in the US in 2014. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in 2014.
August 22, 2014
14:19 EDTPFE, GSKViiV Healthcare receives FDA approval for HIV-1 treatment Triumeq
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August 21, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce approval of Eliquis for treatment of DVT, PE
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09:54 EDTPFEPotential Pfizer, AstraZeneca deal seen around year-end, Reuters says
Investors and analysts see Pfizer (PFE) making another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN) around year-end, even though talks between the two can resume on August 26 per British takeover rules, Reuters reports. Reference Link
08:02 EDTPFEPfizer initiates U.S. EAP for palbociclib.
Pfizer announced that the company has initiated a multi-center, open-label expanded access program in the U.S. for palbociclib. Through the program, palbociclib is being made available for use in combination with letrozole for post-menopausal women with hormone receptor positive human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative advanced breast cancer for whom letrozole is considered appropriate therapy.
07:55 EDTPFEActavis volatility expected to move on Pfizer considering new target report
Actavis (ACT) volatility is expected to move on Pfizer (PFE) considering other overseas alternatives, Bloomberg reports. Overall option implied volatility of 27 is near its 26-week average of 31 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:47 EDTPFEPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
15:35 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline receives FDA approval for Arnuity Ellipta in the U.S.
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11:44 EDTGSKMylan completes second bidding round for GSK prescription portfolio, WSJ says
Mylan (MYL), TPG Capital, Advent International, KKR (KKR), Warburg Pincus and a few Indian prescription manufacturers have completed the second round of bidding for GlaxoSmith Kline's (GSK) portfolio of mature medications, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the sales process. GSK noted that it aims to sell a portfolio of drug brands in the U.S. and EU with yearly sales of approximately $1.66B. Reference Link
08:30 EDTGSKPernix closes acquisition of Treximet
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08:29 EDTGSKPernix Therapeutics to host conference call
Conference call to discuss acquisition of Treximet will be held on August 20 at 9 am. Webcast Link
08:04 EDTGSKPOZEN announces U.S. rights for Treximet acquired by Pernix Therapeutics
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08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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