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Health Care Sector Update for 06/23/2017: JNJ, PFE, ABT, MRK, AMGN, CARA, BLCM, NVS

Top Health Care stocks:

JNJ: +0.1%

PFE: +1.3%

ABT: +0.1%

MRK: flat

AMGN: -0.2%

Health care shares were mainly higher in pre-market trade Friday .

In health care stocks news, Cara Therapeutics ( CARA ) was up 8.2% after it said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy designation to I.V. CR845 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe uremic pruritus in chronic kidney disease patients undergoing hemodialysis. The designation allows for the expedited review of the drug.

In other sector news,

(+) BLCM (+7.3%) Unveils 'encouraging' data on BPX-501 in pediatric leukemias

(-) NVS (-1%) Gets European approval for Kisqali as first-line breast cancer treatment

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