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|52 Week Range||74.97 - 96.06|
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|Ex-Dividend Date||Mar 03, 2019|
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A new partnership plans to bolster the U.S. supply of generic drugs, as part of a wide ranging effort to help drive down spiking costs and ease shortages.
J&J (JNJ) announces mixed Q4 results. Roche's (RHHBY) lymphoma drug, Polivy and Novartis' (NVS) Mayzent for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) get approval in Europe.
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Virus originating in Wuhan, China affected stock markets Tuesday, but one analyst said reactions were too strong.
Novartis' (NVS) MS drug, Mayzent, obtains approval in Europe for the treatment of adult patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.
Puma Biotech (PBYI) focuses on improving sales of its only marketed drug Nerlynx, which is approved for treating breast cancer. The drug's label expansion programs also look promising.
Jazz (JAZZ) receives approval for Sunosi as a treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness in narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea patients in Europe.
J&J's (JNJ) cancer drugs are expected to have contributed significantly to fourth-quarter 2019 earnings. Generic/biosimilar headwinds are expected to have hurt Pharma unit's sales.
The drive to cure deadly diseases is about to enter a new and demanding phase as the pharmaceutical industry prepares for the first time to test the appetite for hyper-expensive gene therapies in Europe. The willingness of traditionally cash-strapped European health systems to pay for these innovative treatments will affect future investment in the field. , a treatment for rare blood disorder Beta thalassaemia that is manufactured by Bluebird Bio.
Novartis and Britain's National Health Service (NHS) on Monday announced a pact that will clear the way for accelerated review by the country's health watchdog NICE for heart drug inclisiran, which could make it broadly available as soon as 2021. Novartis hopes the NHS deal will boost sales of cholesterol-lowering inclisiran, which the Swiss drugmaker bought in a deal announced last year for nearly $10 billion (£7.70 billion) and predicts will be a top seller. Inclisiran was submitted to U.S. regulators last year, and Novartis expects a European submission in coming weeks.
Novartis and the U.K. health agency will conduct a trial, with as many as 40,000 patients, of the Basel drug giant's cholesterol-lowering candidate inclisiran.
Britons at risk of heart attacks are set to receive a twice-yearly injection in a bid to save up to 30,000 lives over a decade, under one of the biggest population-wide prevention initiatives undertaken anywhere in the world. Inclisiran, a cholesterol-lowering medicine, will first be tested in a large UK clinical trial that will make use of the extensive National Health Service data base to identify and track suitable patients. Assuming the trial is successful, the drug will be made available across the English health service.
Heading into the new year, only one word matters for the biotech stocks: buyout.Already, we've seen a fury of activity this past year, as many of the larger pharmaceutical and biotech giants look to plug holes in their aging pipelines. This activity accelerated at the end of the end, with Novartis (NYSE:NVS), Merck (NYSE:MRK) and Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY) all making big blockbuster buys over the last month or so.And, the buys could continue into the new year.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFor one thing, many of the big biotech stocks are flushed with cash. Thanks to the tax cuts of 2017, repatriation of cash and continued sales of blockbuster drugs, many of the biggest biotech stocks are holding billions on their balance sheets. Meanwhile, pipelines and approvals of new drugs are starting to dry up. According to investment bank JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), over the last 20 years, the FDA has only approved an average of between 20 and 25 new drugs per year. Most of those approvals have come from advanced drugs, new cancer fighters and a hefty dose of biologics.With the need to fill pipelines and replace aging blockbusters, the major biotech stocks are in a bind. And that means buying their way out of these issues. * The Top 15 Stocks to Buy in 2020 For investors, this poises an interesting scenario. Plenty of gains can be had betting on the right biotech stock with a promising pipeline as the bigger fish start spending their cash. However, which biotech stocks have the promise?Here are three biotech stocks that make for great buyout targets. Biotech Stocks That Are Buyout Targets: Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (ARWR)Source: Shutterstock It's no secret that gene therapy has quickly become all the rage, with pharmaceutical firms trying to tackle rare and orphan diseases. And while there are a ton of new technologies that fall under this umbrella, RNA interference (RNAi) has the potential to be a real game changer.Basically, it's a mechanism that uses a "gene's own DNA sequence of gene to turn it off." With Novartis spending nearly $10 billion on RNAi buyouts in recent months, Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARWR) could be an intriguing stock to look at it.ARWR's sole specialty is RNAi drugs and features a big pipeline of therapies in various stages of development. These drugs include tackling aliments like liver disease, Cystic Fibrosis and cancerous tumors. So far, the biotech has been pretty successful at navigating the various phases of clinical trials. Data from many of its late-stage drugs seem very promising.However, the real reason to be excited that ARWR could be bought out is that it already counts a very deep-pocketed biotech among its development partners. Arrowhead has already cut deals with Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) for development of treatment for chronic hepatitis B infections. The deal provides ARWR with plenty of upfront cash, development and milestone rights. However, given the rush to buyout RNAi providers, JNJ has every reason to consider snagging the firm outright.Now, Arrowhead isn't unknown at this point. In fact, the stock has surged over the last year -- especially since October. Some of that was do to the NVS buyouts in the sector. But, a lot of it was do to ARWR's own wins and progress. But, with plenty of potential and market cap of just $6 billion, Arrowhead could provide more gains in the year ahead -- buyout or not. Amarin (AMRN)Source: Shutterstock A lot has been written about Amarin (NASDAQ:AMRN). The biotech stock has been a roller coaster the last few years, going from obscurity to being on hot lists. The reason comes down to its only medicine -Vascepa.Vascepa is really just a fish oil pill. But man, is it good. Data for the drug was stellar, with patients experiencing a 20% less chance of cardiovascular death, 31% less heart attacks and 28% less strokes. All in all, Vascepa was able to reduce cardiovascular risk by 25%. With its big cache of data and FDA approval, AMRN now has a blockbuster on its hands. Patients facing cardiovascular events who are already on statins now have another line of defense to fight. With that, AMRN now predicts that it'll be able to accumulate $650 to $700 million in sales this year.So, why buyout potential? That's an easy source of bolt-on revenue with some decent growth prospects.Cardiovascular disease remains a huge threat that only continues to get worse as diet and genetics play an increasing role. Vascepa has the potential to be the next Lipitor in that fight. And that blockbuster potential makes it a great add-on for drug companies with big cardiovascular portfolios. With a market cap of only $7 billion, Amarin is a pretty easy pill to swallow for a larger biotech stock looking to boost its sagging growth potential. * 3 Oil Stocks That Are Worth Looking Into Now In the end, Vascepa could be a blockbuster and that could lead to a sale of ARMN stock. Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT)Source: Shutterstock Non-alcoholic SteatoHepatitis (NASH) remains a tough nut to crack. The progressive liver disease can destroy the organ, and is projected to become the leading cause of all liver transplants this year. For nations with fatty diets, prevalence of NASH is estimated to be as much as 20% of the total population. The problem is that most potential treatments for the disease have fallen flat.And, that could make Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) the only boat in the sea.Intercept's drug Ocaliva is used to treat a rare, chronic liver disease known as primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). PBC is very similar to NASH. This allowed ICPT to pivot the medicine and results were pretty great. So great, that ICPT recently submitted the drug for review with the FDA.Perhaps even better is that the agency granted Intercept priority review for the drug. That could lead to quicker approval time and reduce the headaches ICPT needs to get the therapy out to market.Given the potential size of NASH and the need for the drug, ICPT could be looking at a major blockbuster on it hands. And as the only man standing in the sector, that could lead to plenty of buyout activity for the stock. This is especially true as shares of the firm have slipped over the last year, but gained traction in October. With a market cap of about $4 billion, Intercept is a very digestible for many other biotech stocks.In the end, ICPT is sitting right in the sweet spot for mergers and acquisitions activity. With strong growth potential, first-mover status and a low market cap all being factors. At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any stock mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 15 Stocks to Buy in 2020 * The 7 Most Important Companies That Didn't Survive the 2010s * 4 Mega-Tech Stocks Reaching for the Sky The post 3 Biotech Stocks to Bank on for Buyouts in 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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