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  • Arena's Belviq On ABC News 8 comments
    Sep 27, 2013 10:50 AM | about stocks: ARNA

    Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA) efficacy is starting to show a baby bump and it's only been three months. No, Arena is not pregnant, but the results of Belviq are beginning to become noticeable in the public eye.

    ABC News in Phoenix has been tracking the performance of three of Dr. Steven Vig's patients in Tucson, Arizona. They sent a news team out early in the process and then did a follow up report. That news piece is now online. You can view it here:

    The news anchor Katie Raml reported that patients called Belviq a "Miracle pill" and "game changer". Dr. Vig says he's only had a few patients reporting side effects, 'they were tired' according to the report. Raml also reported: "After our first story one of our ABC 15 producers went on Belviq as well."

    ABC Producer Maria Tomasch on Belviq:

    "I went to the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center. I have been on Belviq for seven weeks. I've lost 22 pounds."

    Katie Raml reports on patient considerations:

    "Belviq is pricey"

    But the price may be at least partially offset by savings on food (especially if you tend to eat out).

    Reported: "Our patients tell us, with the money they save eating less, they break even."

    One patient stated:

    "The price of the pill, I save that in groceries"

    Belviq's efficacy seems to be still misunderstood in the financial reporting but now we are beginning to see the success stories for those that fit in the responder range for efficacy.

    As others have also noted there may be a social media response to the success of Belviq. It's limiting factors still may be the price of the medication itself but if it does become increasingly covered by health insurance this limitation will lose weight and the short story will likely diminish.

    Dr. Steven Vig on ABC News:

    (click to enlarge)

    Note: Dr. Steven Vig is a board certified internal medicine doctor in Tucson, Arizona and has been treating patients at the same location since 1987.

    Disclosure: I am long ARNA.

    Stocks: ARNA
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  • Mikezzz111
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    Well done article. Word is getting out indeed. And also important and critical to insurance reimbursement is the reduction in HbA1C levels and BELVIQ's effectiveness in fighting and preventing Type 2 diabetes.
    Near term combination studies of BELVIQ with Phentermine and with Metformin should also receive a lot of media attention.
    27 Sep 2013, 05:32 PM Reply Like
  • Raffa
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    I have used phentermine with Belviq, and one patient is losing almost 4 lbs per week.
    27 Sep 2013, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • John Reisman
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    Author’s reply » I know a patient personally that lost I think 5 pounds in 4 weeks. Will have to check but that is pretty good efficacy.
    28 Sep 2013, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • John Reisman
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    Author’s reply » 4 pounds per week is excellent!!! I'm sure it will vary with different metabolisms and there are a lot of different factors in play.
    28 Sep 2013, 03:16 PM Reply Like
  • PlainDealer
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    Thank you for preparing this article! I will be sharing it with friends.


    It is unfortunate that SA wouldn't publish this. But Belviq, Arena, and the stock price will be skyrocketing: there is just too much good about Belviq and Arena to hold this company back!


    28 Sep 2013, 08:12 PM Reply Like
  • anomaly1
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    Today is when you buy stock. By any measure the stock is oversold.


    Piper updated its PT to $10 (from $11.50) today. Credit Suisse is short the stock with PT $4
    1 Oct 2013, 01:16 PM Reply Like
  • appetoni
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    Are there PCP physicians in Phoenix prescribing? I don't mean expensive programs that cost thousands of dollars.
    2 Dec 2013, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • appetoni
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    Are there doctors in Phoenix prescribing this yes, besides the expensive weight loss centers?
    2 Dec 2013, 06:19 PM Reply Like
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