Healthcare Stocks Gaining; GSK/Pfizer Joint Venture Picks Up FDA Nod For HIV Drug

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Healthcare stocks are higher with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index rising 0.4% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 adding 0.5% as a group.

In company news, GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK ) is up 1.3% to near $52 a share after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved its ViiV Healthcare joint venture with Pfizer Inc ( PFE ) that's been developing a new HIV treatment.

The agency has approved Tivicay 50-mg tablets, which is an integrase inhibitor to be combined with other drugs to treat HIV-1 in adults and children aged 12 years and older weighing at least 88 pounds.

GSK and PFE formed ViiV in 2009. PFE is slightly higher at near $29.20 a share, up 0.1%.

In other sector news,

(+) AVNR, (+4.2%, near 52 week highs) Enters exclusive, multi-year deal with Merck ( MRK ) to co-promote MRK's type 2 diabetes therapies. The package is worth up to $60 mln over the next three years, AVNR said.

(-) MDCO, (-4%) Discloses plans to sell up to 5.5 mln shares of its common stock through an underwritten public offering of stock.



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