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December 19, 2012
19:48 EDTVVUS, JNJ, AZN, PFEVIVUS shares rising on takeover speculation, the Daily Mail reports
There is speculation that Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are considering a takeover of VIVUS (VVUS) due to the company's obesity drug Qsymia, according to the Daily Mail, which also speculated that Pfizer (PFE) could look at VIVUS "should it come under corporate attack." Any deal with a chance at success would need to be "in the region of $30-plus a share," the Daily Mail added. Reference Link
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September 16, 2014
08:00 EDTAZNFDA PDUFA Date for Nektar and AstraZeneca''s Movantik is September 16, 2014
07:31 EDTJNJ, AZNEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
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
07:02 EDTAZNEli Lilly and AstraZeneca to co-develop and commercialize AZD3293
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06:27 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Eli Lilly to jointly develop, commercialize AZD3293
AstraZeneca (AZN) and Eli Lilly (LLY) announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. AZD3293 has been shown in Phase I studies to significantly and dose-dependently reduce levels of amyloid beta in the cerebro-spinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients and healthy volunteers. AstraZeneca announced earlier in 2014 its plan to move AZD3293 into registration trials. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500M in development and regulatory milestone payments. AstraZeneca expects to receive the first milestone payment of $50M in the 1H15. The companies will share all future costs equally for the development and commercialization of AZD3293, as well as net global revenues post-launch. AstraZeneca and Lilly aim to progress AZD3293 rapidly into a Phase II/III clinical trial in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. Lilly will lead clinical development, working with researchers from AstraZeneca's Innovative Medicines Unit for neuroscience, while AstraZeneca will be responsible for manufacturing. The companies will take joint responsibility for commercialization of AZD3293. The agreement is subject to customary terms and conditions. It will have no impact on AstraZeneca's 2014 Core Earnings per Share.
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 EDTJNJ, PFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:27 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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September 14, 2014
13:32 EDTPFEPfizer shares look cheap, Barron's says
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer 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 “held hostage” 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
September 11, 2014
12:42 EDTVVUSOrexigen falls after FDA requires warnings on Contrave label
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10:59 EDTVVUSArena competition picks up after Contrave approval, says Piper Jaffray
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08:01 EDTVVUSOrexigen Contrave could have stronger launch than peers, says Wells Fargo
After the FDA approved Orexigen's (OREX) Contrave as a treatment option for chronic weight management, Wells Fargo does not believe the label included any significant surprises. The firm thinks multiple factors increase the chances that Contrave's launch will be stronger than two other weight loss drugs that were launched in recent years by VIVUS and Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Orexigen.
07:11 EDTJNJMedivation price target raised to $112 from $89 at Stifel
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September 10, 2014
15:21 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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10:14 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says off to 'very good start' this year
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September 9, 2014
12:46 EDTVVUSNovo Nordisk weight loss drug helped people get thinner, Bloomberg reports
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September 8, 2014
14:13 EDTAZNConnecticut AG tells FDA to speed up generic Nexium
A news release from the Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, dated September 4, says: In comments to a Citizen Petition filed with the FDA, Attorney General George Jepsen called on the federal agency to expeditiously end several years of delays preventing the sale of a generic form of the drug esomeprazole magnesium , esomeprazole, currently marketed under the brand name Nexium. Nexium is the second highest-selling pharmaceutical drug in the United States, and delays in approving generic versions have cost consumers and government healthcare payers billions of dollars. In his comments, Attorney General Jepsen alleges that an agreement between drug manufacturers Ranbaxy (RBXLY) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZN), Nexium’s brand-name manufacturer, has prevented other drug-makers from launching a generic version of the drug, ultimately harming all consumers by artificially inflating prices. Ranbaxy was first-to-file with the FDA for approval of a generic form of Nexium. AstraZeneca sued Ranbaxy for patent infringement, and the dispute was settled by an agreement that provided financial incentives for Ranbaxy to delay entry of its generic into the consumer market. Reference Link
07:15 EDTPFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
07:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca announces availability of Bydureon pen 2mg
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