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Novartis CEO sees Zolgensma price 'far lower' than $4M-$5M range, Reuters says

Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan said that the drugmaker expects to price its gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy "far lower" than the $4M-$5M amount it has said it could be worth, Reuters' Caroline Humer reports. U.S. regulators are expected to decide this month on whether to give approval to Zolgensma, which Novartis has previously said it could price in a range of $1.5M-$5M, Humer notes. "We won't be announcing the price until we get the approval. But our overall goal is to be at a fraction of what is the current standard of care, and the current standard of care for treating these patients is $4 million to $5 million over 10 years," Narasimhan told reporters. Reference Link

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NVS Novartis
$83.94

1.555 (1.89%)

05/20/19
FBCO
05/20/19
INITIATION
Target $336
FBCO
Neutral
Regeneron initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Evan Seigerman started Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) with a Neutral rating and $336 price target. The analyst is concerned that Eylea could face "increasing headwinds" with the upcoming launch of Novartis' (NVS) brolucizumab. Further, he believes consensus estimates for the Sanofi (SNY) collaboration may be too high.
05/20/19
RBCM
05/20/19
NO CHANGE
RBCM
RBC says posting hints at Zolgensma label potentially positive for PTC, Biogen
RBC Capital analyst Brian Abrahams noted a new posting on ClinicalTrials.gov that he said "looks like" an expanded access program for Zolgensma that he believes could possibly offer some hints as to the potential label under discussion with the FDA. The most interesting parts are the inclusion criteria, which he thinks could "represent a middle ground" in terms of the breadth of label Novartis (NVS) could obtain for the drug. If the posting is predictive of Zolgensma's initial label, he said he would see it as an incremental positive for Biogen (BIIB), as it would potentially reduce the worst-case scenario of Zolgensma being approved with no age or weight restrictions. It would also be an incremental positive for PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which Abrahams noted is looking to enter the space.
05/17/19
FBCO
05/17/19
NO CHANGE
Target $68
FBCO
Outperform
Alcon off to 'solid start' post-Novartis spin, says Credit Suisse
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05/13/19
WELS
05/13/19
NO CHANGE
WELS
Lawsuit against Teva, others to hit generic drug stocks, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst David Maris believes the lawsuit by 44 states against 20 generic drugmakers will weigh on generic drug stocks this week and remain an "overhang issue for some time." Actual penalties and damages are impossible to calculate, but could be material, Maris tells investors in a research note. The analyst spoke to the Connecticut attorney general's office this morning and learned they are preparing for trial in these cases. Language the attorney general has used, such as "unprecedented" and his desire to clawback all gains from collusion, should be indicative of the states' intent, Maris writes. He believes that for a sector that is generally highly levered, and with some companies named already facing an overhang from opioid litigation like Teva (TEVA), this is "especially unwelcome news."

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