Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDIX)’s shares declined 0.41% to $24. The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, on June 16 has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty to current shareholders of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IDIX) and other violations of state law by the board of directors of Merck & Co., Inc. (“Merck”), in a transaction valued at approximately $3.85 billion. Under the terms of the transaction, shareholders of Idenix would receive $24.50 in cash for each share of Idenix they own.
VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS)’s shares dropped 2.64% to $4.79. The company on June 12 announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., Actavis, Inc., and Actavis PLC, collectively referred to as Actavis.
The lawsuit was filed in response to an Abbreviated New Drug Application, or ANDA, filed by Actavis. In its application, Actavis seeks to market and sell generic versions of the currently approved doses of Qsymia® (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) capsules CIV prior to the expiration of U.S. Patents 7,056,890, 7,553,818, 7,659,256, 7,674,776, 8,580,298, and 8,580,299, which are listed in the FDA’s Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, or the Orange Book. VIVUS filed the lawsuit on the basis that Actavis’s proposed generic products infringe each of these patents held by VIVUS.
Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ:DNDN)’s shares gained 0.44% to $2.28. The company on June 9 announced that John H. Johnson has informed the Board of Directors of his plans to step down as president and chief executive officer for personal reasons. Mr. Johnson has resigned from the Board, effective June 3, 2014, and the Board has elected Douglas G. Watson, Dendreon’s lead independent director, as chairman of the Board. Dendreon’s Board is working with an executive search firm to help identify Mr. Johnson’s successor.