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Dividend Aristocrat: Johnson & Johnson
- J&J sports a healthy yield of 2.6% and payout ratio of only 45%.
- J&J has paid and raised a dividend for over 51 years.
- J&J is a member of the Dividend Aristocrats, which can be counted on for yearly dividend increases.
Johnson & Johnson Vs. BP: Ignore Dividend Growth Rate At Your Own Peril
- This article gives you a hypothetical option to choose between JNJ and BP for a dividend reinvestment strategy for growing an income stream dating back to 2003.
- Comparing raw data sets, either actual historical or projected, between two alternatives in order to select the preferred option requires more than intuition -- it requires modeling.
- A higher dividend growth rate is a powerful antidote to a lower initial dividend yield.
Johnson & Johnson Takes Care Of Both Consumers And Stockholders
- Johnson & Johnson is a well-established company founded in the 19th century and is one of the largest companies in the U.S.
- Multiple divisions of the company focus efforts across a wide range of personal care, drugs and medical equipment products.
- Johnson & Johnson is part of an elite group whose stocks have risen steadily for decades.
- Competition is increasing in drug markets as the company seeks to maintain its leadership across a wide variety of fields.
- The company has proven to be a stable and safe bet for investors with a long history of increasing profits and dividends.
- This article gives you a hypothetical option to choose between BP and JNJ for dividend income dating back to 2003.
- The results may surprise you, given the bullet points you might know about each company.
- In the end, a higher yield can make up for many income blunders.
Johnson & Johnson DGI Trumps Pure Income Vanguard Wellington Part II
- Johnson & Johnson’s strong performance over the last 20 years, together with the power of dividend reinvestment, enabled it to massively outperform pure income investment Vanguard Wellington Income Fund.
- But Johnson & Johnson’s current earnings and dividend growth rates are far below the averages for its earnings and dividend growth over the past 20 years.
- How might total returns from a Pure Income investment in Vanguard Wellington (VWELX), compare to an investment in Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) over the next 32 years?
- Would it be viable in the future to sell JNJ shares, to match income withdrawals from a pure income investment in VWELX, and still grow the JNJ investment?
Johnson & Johnson Part VII: 'Magic Pants' And 'Doubling Pennies' Continued
- Gain an understanding how total yearly dividend growth from an investment in Johnson & Johnson stock would be impacted by lower earnings and dividend growth rates.
- Learn how total yearly dividend growth from an investment in Johnson & Johnson stock would be impacted by a lower earnings growth rate but with dividend growth maintained.
- See how changes in earnings and dividend growth rates do not necessarily have similar favorable or unfavorable effects on ending investment values and yearly dividend amounts.
Johnson & Johnson Part VI: 'Magic Pants' And 'Doubling Pennies'
- Gain an understanding how return on investment in Johnson & Johnson would be impacted by lower earnings and dividend growth rates.
- See how return on investment in Johnson & Johnson would be impacted by lower earnings growth rates but with rate of dividend growth maintained.
- I give my take on the “Magic Pants” analogy, explaining how an investment at a yield of less than 3%, can result in rates of return of 10% and above.
Is Johnson & Johnson A Stock Worth Having In The Portfolio Right Now?
- This is no doubt a stalwart of a company, but the earnings growth expectations are pretty small.
- The dividend a solid 2.5% yield, but with no earnings growth expectations I'd like to see a higher yielding dividend in the name.
- I'm going to take a pass on the name for now and keep searching, but if it drops in price I'll definitely be looking at it again.
Johnson & Johnson Seeks Further Expansion, As China Opens Its Doors To Foreign Investment
- JNJ recently announced its intention to expand its business in China.
- This is well-timed, given China’s opening to greater foreign investment, and increasing demand for healthcare.
- JNJ’s consistent, strong results have allowed the company freedom to explore this expansion.
- We continue to be very optimistic on JNJ, moving forward into 2015.
Johnson & Johnson's Ebola Vaccine Will Lift International Sales For The Company
- Johnson & Johnson has committed to spending nearly $200 million on the development of a cure for the Ebola virus, that has claimed the lives of over 4000 people.
- The company is known to have received direct funding from the NIAID. It will also be using technology from Bavarian Nordic in a $187 million deal.
- The third quarter results noted increases in sales. International sales declined marginally during the quarter. Net income and earnings increased rapidly.
- Johnson & Johnson could face stiff competition from GlaxoSmithKline, which is already conducting clinical trials. But the development of the vaccine could lift international sales for the company.
- Investment in Johnson & Johnson is a fairly stable investment that is likely to show growth in the future periods. It offers a reasonable dividend yield of 2.60%.
Johnson & Johnson DGI Trumps Pure Income Vanguard Wellington
- Can Dividend Growth Investing be Total Return Investing and vice versa? Yes.
- Can Dividend Growth Investing be Pure Income Investing and vice versa? Yes.
- How might a Pure Income investment initiated in 1994 compare to an investment in JNJ for a similar period, if JNJ shares were necessarily sold to meet similar income requirements?
- The emotion can be taken out of the argument, with comparative actual data, and simple spreadsheet calculations providing a logical conclusion.
Don't Dump Your Johnson & Johnson Shares For VHT Just Quite Yet
- A recent article recommended selling Johnson & Johnson stock in favor of Vanguard Health Care ETF, based largely on valuation and diversification.
- Does the VHT ETF truly offer investors more than JNJ? Or can JNJ serve a different purpose in investors' portfolios?
- How does the valuation method described by the author - fair P/E equals dividend yield plus expected earnings growth - compare to Street estimates for certain healthcare stocks?
Johnson & Johnson: Growth-Growth-Growth; Win-Win-Win - Part V
- This article explores the possibilities of finding a sound basis for making judgments on entry and exit timing in a company like Johnson & Johnson.
- The article also provides various scenarios quantifying the potential benefits and detriments of either attempting or not attempting to consciously make judgments on entry and exit timing.
- While JNJ might have a current yield under 3%, the scenarios show the "magic" of DGI results in actual returns up to 10% per year and higher.
- I also discuss the effect of length of time invested on investment decisions, and my take on potential future earnings and share price growth for Johnson and Johnson.
- Johnson & Johnson is one of the strongest companies in the world.
- Let's have a look at the firm's ability to generate outsize economic returns to investors and derive its intrinsic value.
- We'll also showcase its fantastic dividend growth prospects.
There's No Reason To Own Johnson & Johnson - Sell It, And Buy VHT Instead
- JNJ is a great company with great cash flow, but it is vastly overvalued.
- Holding it for the dividend exposes you to valuation risk and volatility risk.
- VHT is a great alternative, outperforming JNJ with less volatility with slightly smaller dividend.
- Johnson & Johnson shares currently trade at more than 17 times 2015 projected earnings, despite a long term expected EPS growth rate of less than 7% per year.
- The company's balance sheet and dividend growth track record are both exceptional.
- A DRAG analysis of Johnson & Johnson shares concludes that despite these positive attributes, they are currently overvalued by more than 10%.
- There are very few other pharma portfolios better than Johnson & Johnson's.
- The company's third-quarter results reminded us why we like the company so much.
- Let's have a look at the third quarter and quantify its dividend growth opportunity.
Future Promising For JNJ Investors, Amid Dark Times Of Ebola Outbreak
- JNJ is racing to find a vaccine that will stem the Ebola epidemic.
- As JNJ's international sales were reported as slightly lower in Q3, successful commercializing of this treatment could offer significant increases for JNJ shareholders.
- WHO recently announced the number of Ebola cases has reached 10,000 and shows no signs of slowing; the CDC estimates this figure could reach 550,000 by January.
- With a strong foundation, and free cash flow of ~$14 billion in 2013, JNJ is well poised and flexible to make this new investment.
Johnson & Johnson: Growth-Growth-Growth; Win-Win-Win - Part IV
- For Part III, I provided sensitivity modeling of both investment value growth and dividend growth under a range of share price and dividend growth projections at a constant PE ratio.
- But changes in PE ratios (highs and lows) can have a hugely significant effect on outcomes for ending investment values and yearly dividend amounts.
- “Dividend Aristocrats”, such as JNJ, continue to steadily increase dividends in good times and bad whether PE ratios are high or low.
- For this Part IV, I provide modeling of both investment value growth and dividend growth under a range of PE ratios to illustrate the effect of market share price fluctuations.
- Having increasing dividend amounts to re-invest in a time of low PE ratios, in a rock solid company like JNJ, is the “stuff of dreams” for a DGI investor.
Update: Johnson & Johnson Posted Impressive Q3 Earnings - Buy The Stock
- Johnson & Johnson posted strong financial results in the third quarter of 2014, with revenue and EBITDA rising.
- The stock corrected ~10% from the top in the last three months, as I expected.
- Post the correction, the stock is a “Buy” as a result of strong earnings.
Today, 4:47 PM
- Amgen (AMGN -1.2%) and development partner AstraZeneca (AZN -0.6%) announce that the Amagine-2 Phase 3 trial evaluating two doses (210 mg and 140 mg every two weeks) of brodalumab in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis met its primary endpoints compared to J&J's (JNJ -0.1%) Stelara (ustekinumab) and placebo at week 12. The 210 mg arm and the weight-based analysis group both demonstrated superiority to Stelara on achieving total skin clearance as measured by the Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI 100 or 100% reduction in score).
- 44.4% of patients in the brodalumab 210 mg group, 33.6% in the brodalumab weight-based group, 25.7% of patients in the brodalumab 140 mg group, 21.7% of patients in the Stelara group and 0.6% of patients in the placebo group achieved PASI 100. PASI 75 (75% reduction in score) scores for the same groups were: 86.3%, 77.0%, 66.6%, 70.0% and 8.1%, respectively.
- All secondary endpoints comparing brodalumab to placebo were also met. The first major secondary endpoint comparing PASI 100 for brodalumab 140 mg against Stelara at week 12 was numerically greater but not statistically significant (p=0.078). The remaining secondary endpoints for the 140 mg group versus Stelara were also numerically greater (all p values<0.05) but could not be considered statistically significant due to the sequential testing method.
- Previously: Positive Phase 3 results for brodalumab
- Previously: Amgen's brodalumab beats Stelara in Phase 3 trial
Today, 11:10 AM
- Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ +0.1%) Janssen Research & Development, LLC submits a New Drug Application (NDA) with the FDA for Yondelis (trabectedin) for the treatment of patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma, including liposarcoma and leiomyosarcoma subtypes, who have received prior chemotherapy including an anthracycline.
- Soft tissue sarcomas are cancers of the soft tissues that connect, support and surround other body structures such as muscle, fat, blood vessels and nerves.
Today, 8:18 AM
- Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) is at the forefront of an increasing wave of resistance to the high prices of new drugs from pharma and biotech firms, some which cost as much as $50K per month. Pharmaceutical spending in the U.S. is $270B and may breach $500B in five years. ESRX's method of controlling costs is to refuse to pay for them. For 2015, for example, it is excluding 66 branded drugs from its main formulary, an increase of 18 from 2014's 48. On the list is Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE:JNJ) rheumatoid arthritis drug Simponi (golimumab) which costs $3K per month.
- Other prescription benefits managers are employing similar tactics. CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) will exclude 95 drugs from its 2015 formulary including Pfizer's (NYSE:PFE) multiple sclerosis med Rebif (interferon beta-1a) which costs $5K for a four-week supply.
- Governments are pushing back as well. Among 42 state Medicaid programs, 27 pay for Gilead Sciences' HCV med Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) only for patients with severe liver damage while others impose coverage limitations for patients with recent substance-abuse problems. In the U.S., the full regimen cost is $84K. Recently, Britain's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) balked at recommending reimbursement for Roche's (OTCQX:RHHBY) blood cancer drug Gazyvaro (obinutuzumab).
- Ninety percent of commercial health plans require pre-approval of specialty drugs, up from 82% in 2011.
- Previously: Roche's Gazyvaro not NICE in the UK
- Previously: Global drug tab will breach trillion dollar mark this year
- ETFs: IBB, BIB, IRY, BIS, IXJ, DRGS
- Related tickers: (NYSE:NVS) (NYSE:AZN) (NASDAQ:AMGN) (NASDAQ:BIIB) (NASDAQ:CELG) (NYSE:LLY) (NYSE:SNY) (NYSE:ABT) (NYSE:ABBV) (NYSE:BMY) (NYSE:MRK) (NYSE:GSK)
Yesterday, 3:43 PM
- Twenty-two spinoffs have been completed in 2014, the most in a decade, and another 28 have been announced. Among the catalysts are activist investors, so Credit Suisse screened for companies with multiple business segments, slow growth, and stocks trading for lower multiples than peers, in other words, "good, quality companies that are struggling to grow."
- The list is heavy on big media names like Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) and Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA), big tech like Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC), and IBM, and big industry like Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR), and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN), but just two financial names - Travelers (NYSE:TRV) and Torchmark (NYSE:TMK).
- The rest: MO, CA, WU, DPS, PBI, SJM, HRS, SWK, EMR, WLP, MAT, GE, SNA, LLL, ITW, STJ, PDCO, HPQ, DLPH, HAS, NAVI, GME, CBS, JNJ, SLB.
Yesterday, 12:52 PM
- Privately-held Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals enters into a research collaboration and worldwide license agreement with J&J's (JNJ -0.9%) Janssen Biotech to develop allogeneic Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cells (CAR-T).
- CAR-T therapies have shown promise in early clinical trials for the treatment of blood cancers. They have the potential to be used "off the shelf" without the need to match donor with recipient.
- Under the terms of the agreement, Janssen will pay Transposagen up to $292M which includes an undisclosed upfront fee and development-, regulatory- and commercial-related milestones. It will also pay tiered royalties on net sales of any allogeneic CAR-T products commercialized by Janssen.
- Transposagen will enter into a three-year research collaboration with Janssen focused on preclinical research. Janssen will be responsible for the manufacturing and commercialization of allogeneic CAR-T therapies.
Yesterday, 8:40 AM
- Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TTPH) is reportedly considering selling itself after being approached by interested suitors. Sources say the acquirer could be Acetelion (OTCPK:ALIOF) (OTC:ALIOY) or Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY).
- The attraction is Tetraphase's antibiotic eravacycline, currently in Phase 3 development. Both oral and IV formulations of the drug have demonstrated higher dose response rates than Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE:JNJ) Levaquin (levofloxacin) for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections. In the Ignite-2 study, patients receiving 200 mg eravacycline IV-to-oral doses achieved a response rate of 70.8% while patients receiving 250 mg IV-to-oral doses achieved 64.3%, both significantly ahead of Levaquin's 52.2% response rate.
- A trial comparing eravacycline to Merck's (NYSE:MRK) Invanz (ertapenem) for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections is underway.
- TTPH is up 18% premarket on light volume.
- Previously: Tetraphase completes eravacycline Phase 3 enrollment
Thu, Nov. 20, 12:48 PM
- Johnson and Johnson (JNJ -0.8%) unit Janssen Research & Development, LLC submits its NDA for three-month atypical antipsychotic paliperidone palmitate for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. If approved, it will be the first and only long-acting atypical antipsychotic with a 4x/year dosing schedule.
- The FDA approved once-monthly paliperidone palmitate (Invega Sustenna) in July 2009. It is cleared for sale in over 80 countries.
Wed, Nov. 19, 2:44 AM
- Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE:JNJ) multibillion-dollar trial with Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) is set to begin Thursday, as a NY federal court judge decides whether Guidant, through its successor Boston Scientific, should be held liable for breaching a contract.
- J&J is seeking in excess of $5B in damages and interest from Boston Scientific, claiming that Guidant violated clauses included under their agreement to combine in 2004.
Thu, Nov. 13, 5:55 PM
- Geron (NASDAQ:GERN) +30.7% AH on news it entered into an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement to develop its blood disorder drug imetelstat with Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) unit Janssen Biotech.
- GERN says it will receive $35M upfront and could receive as much as $900M more as the drug is tested and if it is approved by regulators and reaches certain sales targets; it also would get royalties on sales of imetelstat.
- The companies plan to start a mid-stage trial of imetelstat in 2015; they also want to study the drug as a treatment for other blood diseases.
Thu, Nov. 13, 10:53 AM
- The FDA approves Janssen Pharmaceuticals' (JNJ +0.7%) Supplemental New Drug Applications (sNDA) for its antipsychotic med Invega Sustenna for the expanded indications of the treatment of schizoaffective disorder as either monotherapy or adjunctive therapy. It is the first and only once-monthly medication to treat schizoaffective disorder as monotherapy.
- Invega Sustenna was approved for sale in the U.S. on July 31, 2009 for the acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults. The product generated $403M in Q3 revenue.
Thu, Nov. 13, 7:33 AM
- Citing its new draft guidance for determining bioequivalence of methylphenidate hydrochloride products, the FDA reclassifies Mallinckrodt's (NYSE:MNK) generic version of Janssen's (NYSE:JNJ) Concerta (methylphenidate HCL) from AB (freely substitutable at the pharmacy level) to BX (presumed to be therapeutically inequivalent).
- The draft guidance, published on November 6, has an open comment period through January 5, 2015. Nevertheless, the agency states that the change in classification would be reflected in the November 13 update of the Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations.
- Unsurprisingly, the company strongly believes its product is safe and effective when used as indicated. President & CEO Mark Trudeau says, "We believe that the FDA's actions are not supported by sound scientific evidence and not consistent with the best interests of patients. Mallinckrodt methylphenidate ER products have consistently met all quality specifications and the regulatory requirements originally defined by the FDA and in the 21 months since launch more than 88M doses of these products have been prescribed. In that time, and across all of those patient exposures, the company has received only 68 confirmed adverse events related to a lack of efficacy when the patient switched from the reference listed drug (Concerta) to the company's methylphenidate ER products. We believe that this very low reporting rate is in line with response rates recorded for patients switching between different formulations of existing products."
- Since the agency's action was not contemplated in the company's October 14 guidance announcement, it will update it once the potential impact is fully assessed. Mallinckrodt will report fiscal Q4 and full-year results on November 19 before the open.
- Methylphenidate ER was the company's top seller in Q3 in the Specialty Generics and API segment generating $54.7M in sales. This represented 16.6% of the segment's total revenue of $329.4M and 8.4% of the firm's total Q3 revenue of $653.1M.
Tue, Nov. 11, 4:52 PM
- A Phase 3 study evaluating Amgen's (NASDAQ:AMGN) brodalumab versus Janssen's (NYSE:JNJ) Stelara (ustekinumab) and placebo at week 12 in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis met its primary endpoints. Brodalumab was superior to ustekinumab in achieving total clearance of skin disease as measured by PASI-100. Compared to placebo, a significantly greater proportion of patients treated with brodalumab achieved at least a 75% improvement from baseline in disease severity at week 12 (measured by PASI-75). All key secondary endpoints were also met.
- Proportion of patients achieving total clearance of disease: brodalumab-210 mg: 36.7%; brodalumab-140 mg: 27.0%; Stelara: 18.5%; placebo: 0.3%.
- Proportion of patients achieving PASI-75: brodalumab-210 mg: 85.1%; brodalumab-140 mg: 69.2%; Stelara: 69.3%; placebo: 6.0%.
- Amgen plans to present the complete results at a future medical conference.
- Related tickers: (NYSE:AZN) (NYSE:GSK) (NASDAQ:CELG) (NYSE:NVS) (NASDAQ:DERM) (NASDAQ:IDRA) (NYSE:HSP) (NYSE:PFE) (NYSEMKT:CANF) (NYSE:MRK)
Tue, Nov. 11, 11:03 AM
- At The Liver Meeting in Boston, Gilead Sciences (GILD +1.1%) presented results from several Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials evaluating Harvoni (ledipasvir 90 mg/sofosbuvir 400 mg) for the treatment of chronic HCV infection in patients with limited or no treatment options, including decompensated cirrhosis, HCV recurrence following liver transplantation and patients refractory to other direct-acting antivirals.
- In a pooled analysis of Phase 2 and Phase 3 open-label studies involving more than 500 HCV-1 patients with compensated cirrhosis who received Harvoni alone or with ribavirin (RBV) for 12 or 24 weeks, 96% achieved SVR12.
- In a Phase 2 open-label study evaluating patients with decompensated cirrhosis and those with HCV recurrence after a liver transplant, 87% of those receiving Harvoni + RBV for 12 weeks achieved SVR12 compared to 89% of the treatment arm receiving a 24-week regimen (subgroup analysis of 108 HCV genotype 1 and 4 patients).
- In another subgroup analysis from the same Phase 2 trial, response rates for patients who developed HCV (genotypes 1 and 4) recurrence following liver transplantation who were treated with Harvoni + RBV were analyzed. SVR12 rates for non-cirrhotic patients were 96% and 98%, respectively, for the 12- and 24-week regimens. For patients with compensated cirrhosis, the SVR12 rate was 96% for both regimens. For patients with decompensated cirrhosis, the SVR12 rate was 81% for both regimens.
- In two studies of HCV patients who failed prior therapy, those receiving Harvoni + RBV for 12 weeks achieved SVR12 rates of 96% and 98%. Those receiving Harvoni alone for 24 weeks (Study GS-US-337-0121) achieved an SVR12 rate of 97%.
- HCV-related tickers: (BMY -0.1%)(MRK +1.4%)(ABBV +0.3%)(JNJ +0.2%)(ACHN -0.6%)(RGLS -2.7%)(CNAT -1.1%)(ENTA -0.4%)
Tue, Nov. 11, 10:07 AM
- At The Liver Meeting in Boston, AbbVie (ABBV -0.1%) presented results from studies in HCV patients co-infected with HIV and liver transplant recipients who received its all-oral, interferon-free investigational treatment combining three antivirals (ombitasvir/ABT-450/ritonavir and dasabuvir)
- SVR12 rates for patients co-infected with HCV/HIV that received the company's investigational treatment plus ribavirin were 93.5% for the 12-week regimen and 90.6% for the 24-week regimen.
- In non-cirrhotic liver transplant recipients with recurrent HCV-1 new to treatment, SVR12 and SVR24 rates were each 97.1%.
- HCV-related tickers: (GILD +0.5%)(MRK +1%)(JNJ -0.1%)(BMY -0.2%)(ENTA +0.2%)(RGLS +0.2%)(CNAT -0.5%)(ACHN -1.7%)
Tue, Nov. 11, 9:37 AM
- At The Liver Meeting in Boston, Merck (NYSE:MRK) presented data from a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the combination of the company's investigational NS3/4A inhibitor, grazoprevir, and its investigational NS5A inhibitor, elbasvir, with and without ribavirin, in treatment-naive and treatment-experienced HCV-1 patients. The length of treatment was either eight,12 or 18 weeks.
- SVR12 rates in treatment-naive non-cirrhotic patients were: 8-week regimen with RBV: 80%; 12-week regiment with and without RBV: 93% and 98%.
- SVR12 rates in treatment-naive patients with cirrhosis were: 12-week regimen with and without RBV: 90% and 97%; 18-week regimen with and without RBV: 97% and 94%.
- SVR12 rates for treatment-experienced patients with and without cirrhosis: 12-week regimen with and without RBV: 94% and 91%; 18-week regimen with and without RBV: 100% and 97%.
- SVR12 rates for HCV-1 patients co-infected with HIV: 12-week regimen with and without RBV: 97% and 87%.
- Results from a Phase 3 trial are expected in 1H 2015.
- Previously: Merck triple therapy HCV candidate fails as a four-week regimen
- HCV-related tickers: (GILD +0.4%)(JNJ -0.2%)(BMY -0.1%)(ABBV +0.3%)(ACHN +3%)(ENTA +0.4%)(CNAT)(LGND +0.5%)(RGLS)
Tue, Nov. 11, 9:05 AM
- At The Liver Meeting in Boston, Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) presented data from three Phase 2 studies evaluating an all-oral pan-genotypic regimen, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) + the company's investigational NS5A inhibitor GS-5816, for the treatment of HCV infection. The specific regimens were Sovaldi 400 mg plus GS-5816 25 mg or 100 mg, with and without ribavirin, for eight or 12 weeks.
- The first study, GS-US-342-0109, evaluated Sovaldi + GS5816 with and without ribavirin for 12 weeks in treatment-experienced HCV-1 and HCV-3 patients with and without cirrhosis. SVR12 rates: SOF + GS-5816 100 mg: 100% for GT1 with and without cirrhosis; 100% for GT3 without cirrhosis and 88% for GT3 with cirrhosis. SVR12 rates: SOF + GS-5816 + RBV: 100% for GT1 without cirrhosis and GT3 without cirrhosis; 90% in GT1 with cirrhosis and 96% in GT3 with cirrhosis.
- The second study, ELECTRON 2, evaluated the same regimen as the first study for eight weeks in non-cirrhotic treatment-naive genotype 3 patients. The SVR12 rate inclusive of ribavirin was 100% and 96% for the ribavirin-free approach.
- The third study, GS-US-342-0102, evaluated the same regimen as first study in non-cirrhotic treatment-naive patients. Results from Part A evaluating 12 weeks of treatment were presented at The International Liver Congress in April 2014. The results from Part B, presented this week, evaluated eight weeks of treatment in HCV-1 and HCV-2 patients. SVR12 rates were: G1: 81% and 90% with and without RBV; G2: 88% with and without RBV.
- HCV-related tickers: (NASDAQ:ACHN) (NYSE:BMY) (NYSE:JNJ) (NYSE:ABBV) (NASDAQ:ENTA) (NASDAQ:CNAT) (NASDAQ:LGND) (NASDAQ:RGLS)
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