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Vivus Qsymia prescriptions growing

  • The number of prescriptions for Vivus' (VVUS +2.4%) Qsymia treatment has reached 403,000 since the weight-loss drug was launched in September 2012.
  • The number rose to 124,000 in Q4 from 109,000 in Q3.
  • Over 36,000 pharmacies were certified to dispense Qsymia as of the end of December.
  • Reimbursement is improving - around 43% of U.S. Commercial Lives had access to Qsymia Tier 3 or higher as of December 31.
  • Vivus has received two new U.S. patents for Qsymia, extending coverage by nine years. (8-K)
  • Earlier: Vivus partners with Aetna in pilot study using Qsymia
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  • 1martini
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    I hope they have a low price.
    14 Jan 2014, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • Mojomagic
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    More pump and dump. Stay tuned.
    14 Jan 2014, 04:16 PM Reply Like
  • MsMetal
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    People prescribed Qsymia get sticker shock when their insurance denies it.Then they get the generic combo cheap.Qsymia is just 2 generic meds combined.So the prescription amount is misleading when almost 100% of those change over to the combo after the first month due to the high cost of Q and the low cost and availability of the combo
    15 Jan 2014, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    No "sticker shock" w/Qysmia

     

    The first 2 weeks are free. Also save $75 on 30 days..Not "sticker shock"

     

    http://bit.ly/1cvCgqb

     

    With Qysmia, you don't have to take for life.....Maintenance, if you choose to, according to this clip w./ Dr Khoury

     

    http://bit.ly/1bDZtpY
    16 Jan 2014, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • MsMetal
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    2 weeks free on lesser dose, then up to $200 out of pocket expense.Or a generic combo for 20 bucks?Almost 100% of users switch to combo
    16 Jan 2014, 06:25 PM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    2 weeks free then save $75...

     

    The doctor is at risk by not following RX instruction. If sued they are on their own. Much safer when it's lower dose, FDA approved, & clear instructions for titrating....Also,very important... REMS...
    16 Jan 2014, 10:19 PM Reply Like
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