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Viropharma (VPHM) Shares Sink Amid Cinryze Data; Stifel Nicolaus Weighs In

March 6, 2012 12:46 PM EST Send to a Friend
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Shares of Viropharma (Nasdaq: VPHM) have tumbled nearly 7 percent Tuesday following the release of data on the company's subcutaneous Cinryze(R) with recombinant human hyaluronidase. The stock last traded at $30.50.

Stifel Nicolaus' Stephen Willey said in an earlier note Viropharma will likely need to show more dose-ranging data on the product's effectiveness. While the analyst noted 2,000-unit sub-Q data validates utilization of rHuPH20 usage with Cinryze, he warned logistical issues may pop up related to manufacturing capacity and cost before a twice-per-week dosing could be a feasible option. Willey also suggested the data confirms an unformulated sub-Q1 C1 inhibitor would not be a viable treatment option.

Despite the cautious comments, Stifel Nicolaus and Willey maintain a Buy rating and $42 price target on shares of Viropharma.

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