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What: Shares of biotechnology firm Vertex Pharmaceuticals
So what: In May, Vertex rallied considerably on news that its cystic fibrosis drug, Kalydeco, showed statistically positive results in mid-stage studies. However, news released today from Vertex demonstrates that Kalydeco may not be as effective as the original data had implied. Vertex cited a misinterpretation on its part and with its analysis vendor as the reason for the data revision. Wall Street's other gripe is the data between the two sets isn't very comparable, making an assessment of this revision even more difficult.
Now what: Today's news took Wall Street by surprise as things looked to be going Vertex's way. Although sales of Vertex's FDA-approved hepatitis-C drug, Incivek, have likely peaked, it's Kalydeco that appeared to be the icing on the cake for a potential pharmaceutical suitor. Today's news probably takes near-term buyout speculation off the table until we get more discernible data from Vertex.
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