$SGNT (Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)

$SGNT {{ '2016-07-11T15:56:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SGNT said the acquisition price represents a premium of approx. 40.3% to its closing price of $15.50 per share on July 8, 2016. Following the merger, $SGNT will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Nichi-Iko, which intends to finance the acquisition through bank loans and available cash. The acquisition is not subject to any financing condition.

$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.

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

President Donald Trump announced that pharma giants $MRK and $PFE are collaborating with Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning ($GLW) for manufacturing a new glass (Valor Glass), which is superior and reliable for the delivery of injectable drugs. Corning is planning to initially invest $500MM creating 1,000 jobs at 3 facilities in US.

$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.

$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.

$PFE {{ '2017-07-13T12:13:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The FDA has accepted $PFE's filing of supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for XELJANZ (tofacitinib citrate), an investigational oral treatment for adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. The FDA has provided an anticipated Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date in March 2018 for the sNDA.

$PFE {{ '2017-07-12T11:41:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PFE said the FDA's Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) voted that the results of ALFA-0701 demonstrated a favorable risk benefit profile for Mylotarg on days 1, 4 and 7 added to chemotherapy for patients with newly-diagnosed CD33-positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

$PFE {{ '2017-07-11T20:58:23+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The US FDA's Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) voted in favor of $PFE's MYLOTARG (gemtuzumab ozogamicin), an antibody-drug conjugate used to treat acute myeloid leukemia. The role of the ODAC is to provide recommendations to the FDA. The FDA decision on whether or not to approve MYLOTARG is anticipated by Sept. 2017.

$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.

$PFE {{ '2017-06-30T12:36:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PFE received approval for its Besponsa as monotherapy from the European Commission. The Besponsa was approved for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory CD22-positive B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). ALL is an aggressive type of leukemia that can be fatal within a matter of months if left untreated.

$ACOR {{ '2017-06-29T20:59:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ACOR submits New Drug Application (NDA) to FDA for Inbrija, a potential therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Acorda Therapeutics plans to file a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) in Europe for Inbrija by the end of 2017.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T14:01:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA agreed to buy 2,186 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from $RAD. $WBA expects the new transaction to be modestly accretive to its adjusted EPS in the first full year after the initial closing of the new transaction, and expects to realize synergies from the new transaction in excess of $400MM.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T14:01:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA agreed to buy 2,186 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from $RAD. This new agreement replaces the previous merger agreement with Rite Aid, announced in October 2015 and amended in January 2017. The initial closing of the new transaction is expected to occur within the next six months.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T14:00:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA agreed to buy 2,186 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from $RAD. The consideration for the transaction will be $5.175Bil in cash, the assumption by $WBA of the related real estate leases and the grant of an option to $RAD to become a member of $WBA's group purchasing organization, Walgreens Boots Alliance Development.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T13:35:36+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WBA said that on the $RAD agreement, while the company is assuming a real-estate obligation, it is not assuming any debt. Additionally, $WBA is expecting the deal to give significant cash tax benefit, as it tax amortizes the intangible assets it acquires from $RAD.

$RAD {{ '2017-06-29T12:19:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In 1Q18, $RAD opened one store, relocated four, remodeled 67 and expanded one store, bringing the total number of wellness stores chainwide to 2,482. The company closed 14 stores, resulting in a total store count of 4,523 at the end of the first quarter.

$RAD {{ '2017-06-29T12:18:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Drugstore chain $RAD posted revenue of $7.8Bil in 1Q18, a decrease of 4.9%, as same store sales slid 3.9% YoY. Net loss widened to $75.3MM or $0.07 per share, compared to last year’s $4.6MM or $0.00 per share, hurt by lower pharmacy gross profit. Adjusted EBITDA was $192.6MM compared to $286MM in the year-over period.

$RAD {{ '2017-06-29T12:09:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$RAD and $WBA announced that the latter will not buy the former as initially announced. Instead of the previously announced deal that was severely scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission, $WBA will instead buy 2,186 Rite Aid Stores and Related Assets for $5.17Bil. Rite Aid will receive $325MM from $WBA as termination fee.

$WBA {{ '2017-06-29T11:32:22+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WBA, which reached an agreement with $RAD worth $5.17Bil today, reported a modest 5% increase in earnings for 3Q17 upon strategic partnerships that brought more patients to its pharmacies. Both sales and earnings inched up, with sales scaling up 2.1% to $30.1Bil, while earnings rose to $1,162MM. Adjusted earnings spiked 12.7% to $1.33 per share.

$PFE {{ '2017-06-27T13:34:31+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PFE broke ground on its new R&D and process development facility in Chesterfield, Missouri. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2019. The facility will house more than 450 employees who currently work at multiple locations, and an additional 80 employees that the company expects to hire over the coming years.

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