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Fly News Breaks for July 11, 2019
Jul 11, 2019 | 12:46 EDT
Most pharmaceuticals stocks are down today due to a number of factors, including reports that the Trump Administration is abandoning its plan to lower drug prices by eliminating or restricting pharmacy benefit manager rebating, Wells Fargo analyst David Maris tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes the market is correctly interpreting the move as a potential risk to drugmakers. The absence of a rebating fix "does not mean there will not be a plan to address drug prices, but perhaps a greater risk that the absence of a rebate fix will put additional pressure to come up with ways to actually lower prices in ways that could more greatly impact drug makers than the rebating fix would have," contends Maris. He points out that companies with large cash-pay components of their business, like Allergan (AGN), Establishment Labs (ESTA), Evolus (EOLS), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Perrigo (PRGO), Revance (RVNC) and Sientra (SIEN), do not seem to be under as much pressure today as some of their more generic or pharma-concentrated peers. Maris says his Outperform ratings on Allergan, Establishment and Sientra are in part due to their cash-pay concentration