Why Theravance Shareholders Can Breathe Easier

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What: Shares of Theravance (NASDAQ: THRX  ) , a biopharmaceutical company focused on central nervous system and respiratory disorders, jumped as much as 14% after the Food and Drug Administration approved it and GlaxoSmithKline's (NYSE: GSK  ) revolutionary inhaled COPD treatment Breo Ellipta.

So what: Announced midday, the FDA approval confirms the generally positive opinion that the FDA's panel had of Breo Ellipta that it reduced flare-ups and helped air flow in patients with COPD. The approval will necessitate a $30 million milestone payment to GlaxoSmithKline from Theravance, but clears the drug for commercial production as of the third quarter of this year.

Now what: An approval here seemed like all but a formality with the once-daily inhaled compound performing well in trials and providing a well-tolerated safety profile. Peak sales estimates of the drug range all over the place, but I see no reason it won't reach blockbuster status (in excess of $1 billion). Furthermore, with Theravance planning to split itself into two entities, I'd be honestly shocked not to see Glaxo make a bid for the Royal Management segment with Breo Ellipta now approved. Theravance is still an intriguing name moving forward.

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