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Clovis Oncology Inc (CLVS), Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (SRPT): Three Healthcare Stocks to Keep an Eye On

Another one to watch

Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT) recently received requests from the FDA to provide more information on the clinical drug eteplirsen — a potential surrogate marker in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophym — and information about the clinical outcomes from Phase II. Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT) is still hopeful that it will have communication about accelerated approval this summer, possibly in August, potentially driving the stock price to new heights.

The main reason for possible FDA acceleration is that Eteplirsen is the the only drug that has proven to increase the level of dystrophin: the protein whose deficiency is currently considered the main cause for the muscular dystrophy.

With that said, investor interest is likely to spike in the back half of this year when the Phase III trials of the drug begin and the FDA makes a decision on the outlook of the drug. Definitely keep an eye out for Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT) in the coming months.

Even when the rest of the country struggled with the recession just a few years ago, the health care industry grew over 50%. Healthcare is still growing faster than the rest of the economy and National Health Expenditures (NHE) as a share of GDP is expected to reach 19.6% by 2019. The above mentioned stocks show signs of potential near-term growth, and investors should definitely keep an eye on them.


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