Sunday, May 28, 2017

Neurocrine Stumbles With Ingrezza In Pediatric Tourette's

Biotech stocks will drive an investor crazy, as there's a seemingly never-ending supply of worries and negative developments to offset the occasional major steps forward. Such is the case (again) with Neurocrine Biosciences (NASDAQ:NBIX). Fresh off some momentum from the FDA approval of Ingrezza in tardive dyskinesia and a surprisingly robust pricing decision, as well as encouraging Phase IIb data from AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) on the company's drug Elagolix in uterine fibroids, Neurocrine announced disappointing results from its Phase II T-Force GREEN study of Ingrezza in pediatric Tourette's.

Neurocrine shares are, not surprisingly, down on the news, though the decline seems to be a little excessive relative to the likely real-world contribution of the drug to the company's profits. What's more, Neurocrine is not giving up on this drug/indication, and a better-designed Phase II study could restore much of the optimism that has packed its bags today. With the shares still below my fair value and two valuable commercial/late-stage compounds (and a third that is more of a wild card), I believe these shares are worth considering on this disappointment sell-off.

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Neurocrine Stumbles With Ingrezza In Pediatric Tourette's

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