Allergan Receives Written Requests from Pershing Square; Cubist Announces EMA Acceptance of Ceftolozane/Tazobactam Marketing Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 August 2014 20:30
Below is a look at some of the headlines for companies that made news in the healthcare sector on August 22, 2014.
Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) confirmed that Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. (“Pershing Square”) has delivered written requests from Allergan stockholders in connection with Pershing Square’s request to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders (the “Special Meeting”). At the Special Meeting, Allergan stockholders would be asked, among other things, to remove a majority of the Company’s existing directors in connection with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.’s (“Valeant”) unsolicited exchange offer to acquire all outstanding common shares of Allergan for 0.83 shares of Valeant common stock and $72.00 in cash, or subject to proration, an amount of cash or a number of Valeant common shares with the implied value set forth in the exchange offer (the “Exchange Offer”). Allergan and an independent inspector will review the written requests submitted by Pershing Square, and the Company expects to report the results promptly following this review.

The Allergan Board of Directors continues to believe that Valeant’s unsolicited exchange offer is grossly inadequate and substantially undervalues Allergan. In considering whether to submit written requests, stockholders were asked to evaluate if they wanted the opportunity to vote on the offer at a later date; not to evaluate the merits of the offer itself. In fact, many stockholders have explicitly conveyed their view that the requests are not an endorsement of Valeant’s offer.

Allergan recognizes that this is all about stockholder value, and the Board remains confident in the Company's ability to create significantly more value than Valeant's offer. While Allergan does not believe that Valeant’s offer provides compelling value relative to the alternatives available to the Company, the Allergan Board of Directors fully supports the right of stockholders to vote on the value proposition offered by Valeant at the appropriate time.

Delivering value to stockholders remains Allergan’s priority, and, in this regard, the Company recently recorded the strongest increase in absolute dollar sales in any quarter in the Company’s history, and again delivered sales and earnings per share growth above the high end of expectations. Allergan’s value creation plan for its stockholders will significantly reduce costs in 2015 by approximately $475 million annually relative to its prior strategic plan, while preserving the Company’s ability to deliver double digit sales growth across the next five years. Over the same five year period, Allergan expects to generate compounded annual adjusted EPS growth of more than 20 percent.

The Company also noted that Valeant’s request for declaratory judgment from the Delaware Court of Chancery is premature as Allergan has yet to review the submitted written requests nor has the Allergan Board of Directors yet made any determination as to such requests.

Allergan will announce additional detail regarding a Special Meeting following its review. Allergan stockholders are not required to take any action at this time.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and BofA Merrill Lynch are serving as financial advisors to the Company and Latham & Watkins, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are serving as legal counsel to the Company.


Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBST)
announced the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted for review the Company’s Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for its investigational antibiotic ceftolozane/tazobactam. Cubist is seeking approval of ceftolozane/tazobactam for the treatment of complicated urinary tract Infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections, with a decision from the European Commission (EC) expected during the second half of 2015.

The MAA submission is based on positive data from two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials of ceftolozane/tazobactam in complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. These studies met both the EMA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specified primary endpoints. Results of the secondary analyses were consistent with and supportive of the primary outcomes. In the clinical trials, ceftolozane/tazobactam demonstrated activity against problematic Gram-negative bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Klebsiella pneumoniae in patients with complicated infections.

“We are pleased to receive MAA acceptance for ceftolozane/tazobactam and look forward to working with the EMA on this important review,” said Steven Gilman, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Cubist. “As we continue to expand globally, this advancement further positions Cubist to respond to growing health threats and reinforces our commitment to bring new antibiotics to patients worldwide facing serious infections, including those caused by Gram-negative bacteria.”

Prior to the EMA acceptance of the MAA, the FDA accepted the Company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for ceftolozane/tazobactam with Priority Review and assigned an action date of December 21, 2014.

Also Friday:

Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASTM)
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Agritek Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: AGTK)
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Easton Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTC: EAPH)
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Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK)
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MIT Holding, Inc. (OTCQB: MITD)
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MTBC (Nasdaq:MTBC)
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PositiveID Corporation (OTCQB:PSID)
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Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL)
, a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cell-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced today that it will present at the Baird 2014 Health Care Conference to be held at the New York Palace hotel in New York, NY on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Spine Pain Management, Inc. (OTCQB:SPIN)
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