$AMED (Amedisys Inc.)

$AMED {{ '2016-01-04T14:17:06+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMED, a home health & hospice company, said that it has completed the acquisition of Infinity HomeCare on Dec. 31, 2015, for $63MM. Infinity HomeCare generates about $50MM of revenues annually & was previously controlled by HealthEdge Investment Partners.

$MCK {{ '2017-07-21T16:07:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Biologics, a unit of healthcare technology firm $MCK, said it will join the limited distribution network of $PBYI to promote the latter’s kinase inhibitor Nerlynx. The formulation is indicated for treatment of adult patients with early-stage HER2 overexpressed/amplified breast cancer.

$REGN {{ '2017-07-21T15:50:38+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$REGN and $SNY announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has given a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Dupixent (dupilumab), recommending its approval in Europe for use in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis who are candidates for systemic therapy.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T19:55:45+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

For 3Q17, $ABT expects adjusted EPS of $0.64-0.66, with operational sales growth expected in the mid-single digits. At current exchange rates, the company expects operational sales growth to have a negative YoY impact of around 0.5%.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T19:45:56+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$ABT said that on a comparable operational basis, 3Q17 Established Pharmaceuticals sales growth is expected in the high double-digit, while in Nutrition, sales growth is expected in low single-digit. In Diagnostics, $ABT expects sales to increase mid-to-high single digits and in Medical Devices, sales is expected to increase double-digits.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T17:49:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABT raised its full year profit forecast backed by the intention of closing the Alere acquisition in 2017. The company raised its FY17 adjusted earnings from continuing operations guidance by $0.03 to a range of $2.43-2.53 per share. Reported EPS forecast was also raised from the range of $0.92-1.02 to $1.03-1.13, reflecting double-digit growth.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T17:36:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Declining operating earnings and rising costs and expenses hit $ABT 2Q17 earnings as much as 54%. Earnings plunged to $283MM or $0.15 from $615MM or $0.40 per share a year earlier. Sales, however, surged 24.4% on St. Jude Medical acquisition. On an adjusted basis, $ABT reported EPS above its previous guidance range at $0.62 per share.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-20T12:52:57+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$ABT Abbott Laboratories Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$VRX {{ '2017-07-17T14:04:54+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VRX has entered into an agreement to sell its Obagi Medical Products business for $190MM in cash to Haitong International Zhonghua Finance Acquisition Fund I, L.P. The transaction is expected to close in second half of 2017. $VRX intends to use the proceeds from the sale to permanently repay term loan debt under its Senior Secured Credit Facility.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-17T12:36:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABT is commencing a tender offer to purchase for cash all outstanding shares of Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock of Alere Inc. at a price of $402 per share of Preferred Stock. The offer will expire at 11:59 pm, NYC time, on Aug 11, 2017. There is no financing condition to the offer.

$VRTX {{ '2017-07-13T12:31:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VRTX announced that the Italian Medicines Agency has agreed to reimburse ORKAMBI (lumacaftor/ivacaftor), the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in people ages 12 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation. Effective immediately, hundreds of eligible patients in Italy will have access to this medicine.

$ABT {{ '2017-07-13T12:23:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ABT and Bigfoot Biomedical agreed to develop and commercialize diabetes management systems, integrating $ABT's FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology with Bigfoot's insulin delivery solutions in the United States. $ABT will provide Bigfoot with the next generation of its FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology.

$LIVN {{ '2017-07-12T12:45:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$LIVN appointed Keyna Skeffington as SVP and General Counsel. Skeffington most recently served as Vice President of Legal – Corporate and Securities, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at $MDT.

$MDT {{ '2017-07-10T15:43:07+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MDT announced the expanded FDA approval of the self-expanding CoreValve Evolut transcatheter aortic valve replacement platform to include patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis who are at an intermediate risk for open-heart surgery.

$VRX {{ '2017-07-10T13:27:06+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VRX pays down $811MM of senior secured term loans using the net proceeds of the sale of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals LLC. The company has now reduced its debt by more than $4.3Bil since the end of 1Q16. $VRX still expects to pay down $5Bil in debt from divestiture proceeds and free cash flow within 18 months of August 2016.

$PRSC {{ '2017-07-07T15:47:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PRSC has appointed Jeff Felton as the CEO of its subsidiary LogistiCare Solutions, LLC, effective July 10, 2017. He most recently served as President of McKesson Connected Care and Analytics and he has also worked at Cardinal Health, Baxter Healthcare and Procter and Gamble.

$EVHC {{ '2017-07-05T14:28:39+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$EVHC unit Envision Physician Services acquired multi-specialty group Infinity Healthcare, Inc., headquartered in Wisconsin. No other terms were disclosed.

$EVHC {{ '2017-07-05T13:18:41+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Healthcare services provider $EVHC said its subsidiary Envision Physician Services has acquired Northside Emergency Associates, an emergency medicine physician group practice. The company did not disclose financial details of the transaction.

$EVHC {{ '2017-06-30T12:14:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Healthcare firm $EVHC said the outstanding shares of its 5.25% series A-1 mandatory convertible preferred stock will automatically convert into common shares, effective  July 3, 2017. Each share of the preferred stock, unless previously converted, will automatically convert into 1.8141 shares of the common stock.

$USPH {{ '2017-06-29T19:00:45+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$USPH estimates its corporate office costs, as a percentage of revenue, will be in the upper 8% to lower 9% range this year. The company said its recently adopted accounting standard and a change in the value of restricted share grants resulted in tax credit in 1Q17. The current focus is on acquisition-related opportunities to sustain growth.

$USPH {{ '2017-06-29T18:56:30+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$USPH expects its newly-launched analytics tool to bear good fruit as the year progresses. The company intends to continue consolidation of its smaller partnerships. The visits per clinic per day progressed sequentially in 1Q17 and has continued to progress well.

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