$DEPO (DepoMed Inc.)

$DEPO {{ '2016-04-04T23:26:25+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$DEPO said that in accordance with its stated plans and the terms of the secured debt facility with Deerfield and Pharmakon Advisors, LP, today the company prepaid $100MM of principal amount of its $575MM secured indebtedness. Additionally, $DEPO paid a prepayment fee of $5MM.

$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.

$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.

$ENDP {{ '2017-07-21T14:56:21+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ENDP said it will be ceasing operations and closing its manufacturing and distribution facilities in Huntsville, Alabama. The closure is expected to take place over the next 12 to 18 months. These restructuring actions are expected to reduce $ENDP's workforce by about 875 positions and to result in pre-tax restructuring charges of about $325MM.

$MRK {{ '2017-07-20T14:29:27+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MRK announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted tentative approval for its 100 units/mL insulin glargine injection, a follow-on biologic basal insulin in a pre-filled dosing device.

$AGN {{ '2017-07-19T15:54:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN appointed Joseph Boccuzi to its BoD, effective immediately. Boccuzi recently retired as a Partner in the Global Life Sciences, Board and Chief Executive Officer Practices at Spencer Stuart, following 24 years of service with the global executive search and leadership consulting firm.

$NKTR {{ '2017-07-18T13:13:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Pharma company $NKTR said a study on pain relief drug NKTR-181 demonstrated less abuse potential, compared to commonly used medicine oxycodone.  The study was designed to assess the relative oral abuse potential of the formulation at its maximum dose. The FDA has granted NKTR-181 fast track designation for treatment of moderate to severe pain.

$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.

$DEPO {{ '2017-07-13T12:48:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Pharma company $DEPO is seeking to refinance its existing $375MM principal amount of privately placed secured senior notes. The notes are due in 2022. The terms of refinancing are subject to various factors, including satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

$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.

$AMGN {{ '2017-07-13T12:24:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMGN and $AGN announced they will discuss data supporting the ABP 215 Biologics License Application (BLA) with FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee. ABP 215 is a biosimilar candidate to Avastin (bevacizumab) and is the first bevacizumab biosimilar candidate to be considered by the FDA.

$AGN {{ '2017-07-10T16:14:16+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN announced additional results of a prespecified prospective pooled subgroup analysis from the two Phase 3 studies, which evaluated the efficacy and safety of Viberzi to treat the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

$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.

$ENDP {{ '2017-07-06T17:01:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Following FDA's June 2017 withdrawal request, $ENDP has decided to voluntarily remove OPANA ER, a painkiller, from the market, to prevent its misuse.  As a result, $ENDP expects to incur a pre-tax impairment charge of approx $20MM in 2Q17. Reported net sales of OPANA ER were $158.9MM for FY16 and $35.7MM for 1Q17.

$MRK {{ '2017-07-06T12:50:08+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Pharma company $MRK will present its HIV portfolio and pipeline at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science. The presentations include late-breaker abstracts from two phase-3 pivotal clinical trials and a phase-1 study of MK-8591, Merck’s investigational nucleoside reverse transcriptase translocation inhibitor in adult patients with HIV-1 infection.

$MRK {{ '2017-07-05T22:11:39+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MRK said the US FDA has placed a clinical hold on KEYNOTE-183, KEYNOTE-185 and KEYNOTE-023, three combination studies of KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, in the blood cancer multiple myeloma. The FDA has determined that the risks of KEYTRUDA outweigh any potential benefit for patients with multiple myeloma.

$ENDP {{ '2017-07-05T12:36:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ENDP today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Mexico City-based Grupo Farmacéutico SOMAR to Advent International for approximately $124MM subject to customary adjustments for cash, debt and working capital.

$ENDP {{ '2017-07-03T18:36:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ENDP completed the divestiture of its South African based operations, Litha Healthcare Group, to Acino Pharma AG. At closing, the company received approx. $100MM in cash and may receive up to an additional $11MM in contingent consideration.

$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.

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