4 Healthcare Stock Stories for Almost-The-Weekend Reading

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE): Closing price $27.28

Zoetic, which is Pfizer’s animal health spin-off, has priced its initial public offering at $26 per share, which is a bit above the expected $22 to $25 range. The shares will likely be traded on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the symbol “ZTS.”
J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley are leading the offering.

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Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GALT) Closing price $2.57

The firm said Thursday that it submitted an Investigational New Drug application to the FDA on January 30. The application supports a proposed indication of GR-MD-02 for treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis  with advanced fibrosis, or fatty liver disease. Galectin is a developer of therapeutics which target galectin proteins to treat fibrosis and cancer.

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ArQule (NASDAQ:ARQL): Closing price $ 2.55

On Thursday, Daiichi Sankyo Company and ArQule said that the first patient has been enrolled in the pivotal Phase 3 METIV-HCC (MET-high patients with tivantinib in HCC) trial of tivantinib (ARQ 197). The drug is an investigational selective inhibitor of MET, a receptor tyrosine kinase, and is being evaluated for the treatment of patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma  who have previously received one or two prior systemic anti-cancer therapies.

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Cell Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CTIC): Closing price $1.45

The firm announced that it has been advised by the Gynecologic Oncology Group that an independent Data Safety Monitoring Board has recommended continuation of the GOG-0212 Phase 3 clinical trial of Opaxio as maintenance therapy in ovarian cancer with no changes, subsequent to a planned interim survival analysis. CTI is still blinded to the interim analysis results. GOG-0212 is the largest maintenance study in this setting, having now enrolled roughly 1,000 of the planned 1,100 patients. Enrollment should be completed this year.

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