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November 21, 2012
10:20 EDTPFE, OREX, RHHBY, ARNA, GSK, AET, VVUSVIVUS 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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July 27, 2015
17:31 EDTGSKRadius Health hires Dr. Lorraine Fitzpatrick as Chief Medical Officer
Radius Health (RDUS) announced that it has hired Dr. Lorraine A. Fitzpatrick as Chief Medical Officer of the Company. Dr. Fitzpatrick was previously Medicine Development Leader of an international clinical development team for Denosumab at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), responsible for clinical development, regulatory, manufacturing, commercial, operations, epidemiology, and global health outcomes. Previously, Dr. Fitzpatrick led the clinical development of novel agents to treat musculoskeletal diseases and women's health at GlaxoSmithKline. Before joining GlaxoSmithKline, Dr. Fitzpatrick was Executive Director at Amgen, Inc. where she worked in the fields of osteoporosis and oncology.
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:03 EDTPFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:24 EDTAETRegulators to consider 'too big to fail' in health insurance reviews, CTFN says
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12:36 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares nearly flat since last earnings report
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08:10 EDTAETLeerink sees at least 60% chance of Anthem, Cigna deal being approved
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08:03 EDTGSKNephroGenex names Jaikrishna Patel as Chief Medical Officer
NephroGenex (NRX) announced the appointment of Dr. Jaikrishna Patel to the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Patel will help guide the company’s Phase 3 PIONEER program with oral Pyridorin for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy, and the development of an intravenous formulation of Pyridorin for acute kidney injury. Patel has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its predecessor companies, most recently serving as Vice President of Cardiovascular and Cardiovascular Metabolism, Global Regulatory Affairs.
July 26, 2015
18:22 EDTAETMedia reports say Teva to buy Allergan unit as it looks beyond Mylan
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July 24, 2015
05:04 EDTGSKAgenus reports GSK Malaria vaccine receives positive opinion from CHMP of EMA
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July 23, 2015
11:54 EDTOREXOptions with increasing call volume
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06:27 EDTRHHBYRoche CEO expects biosimilars in Europe by late 2017, Reuters reports
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05:46 EDTRHHBYRoche expects FY15 sales to grow low- mid-single digits
Expects FY15 core EPS to grow ahead of sales at constant exchange rates. Roche expects to further increase dividend in Swiss francs.
05:45 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 1H15 core EPS CHF 7.22 vs. 7.57 last year
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July 22, 2015
08:43 EDTAETAetna positioned to report good Q2 results, says BMO Capital
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08:32 EDTPFEPfizer expands lease agreement with MIT subsidiary
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July 21, 2015
15:42 EDTARNAArena Pharmaceuticals receives USPTO patent
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08:04 EDTPFEPfizer launches Caltrate Bone & Joint Health supplement
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Caltrate Bone & Joint Health, a 3-in-1, triple action product that delivers UC-II, an exclusive form of collagen, to support healthy cartilage and promote joint flexibility, calcium and vitamin D3, to nourish strong and healthy bones, and vitamin C and minerals to support collagen production for healthy bones and skin.
07:05 EDTRHHBYOphthotech names Shima as Chief Scientific Officer, Bjarke as CCO
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July 20, 2015
07:33 EDTRHHBYInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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05:13 EDTRHHBYRoche expands HIV Global Access Program
Roche announced an expansion to the HIV Global Access Program to include early infant HIV diagnostic testing for low and middle income countries. Roche, in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, or CHAI, UNITAID, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, is committed to working with the Diagnostics Access Initiative by providing state-of-the-art solutions to achieve the 90-90-90 goal set forth by UNAIDS. Announced in 2014, the HIV Global Access Program is Roche's most recent addition to the AmpliCare Initiative, which launched in 2002 in South Africa.
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