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The FDA has approved Vivus's (VVUS) weight-loss drug Qnexa/Qsymia, marking the second approval...

The FDA has approved Vivus's (VVUS) weight-loss drug Qnexa/Qsymia, marking the second approval of a new weight loss drug in less than a month. The drug, which requires a doctor's prescription, won't be available until later this year. Shares were halted just prior to the FDA announcement, -7.8% before the halt.
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  • Chemist357
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    Slip and fall lawyers are thrilled that VVUS is now approved!
    17 Jul 2012, 08:17 PM Reply Like
  • wiesemc
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    Get over it. Most drugs have liabilities.
    17 Jul 2012, 09:17 PM Reply Like
  • DocJohn01
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    Wiesem....I agree and I think most if not all would agree most drugs have liabilities........but, I don’t think its the fact that most drugs have liabilities ......it’s the possible repeat of the Fen-phen lawsuits and major heart valve issues. Especially, when Dr. Michael Lauer, a cardiologist at the National Institutes of Health who was on the panel of experts that advised the FDA about the drug. Lauer and one other panelist voted against approval, but 20 panelists endorsed the drug in February. "I believe that if the public were to 'buy' (Qsymia) after FDA approval, it would run the risk of severe, even fatal, consequences from another diet lemon," Lauer writes in Tuesday issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
    17 Jul 2012, 09:43 PM Reply Like
  • ciscodaze
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    Fact is buddy, all drugs are go through the final testing phase by using human guinea pigs. Nothing to be cavlier about.
    17 Jul 2012, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • Chemist357
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    True, though when you cause birth defects...elevates it to another level. So what are you credentials for suggesting this drug from a healthcare perspective? Now it is up to the docs, not you wall street day traders.

     

    Pharmacist btw.
    18 Jul 2012, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen J Melnykevich
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    Took long enough
    17 Jul 2012, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • KeitthatPC
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    I've been on a prescription combination of phentermine and topiramate for over 10 years and can vouch for its efficacy in weight loss and the desire to eat!
    I've had no ill affects from this combination and this was closely observed under monthly visits and follow ups by the founder of this combination of these two drugs!!
    17 Jul 2012, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • LIBERAL
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    u would be dEAD if you where on that drug for 10 years stop lying
    18 Jul 2012, 12:28 AM Reply Like
  • dominickcosta
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    what do u think the stock will open up with tomorrow
    17 Jul 2012, 10:02 PM Reply Like
  • ianspivak
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    experts expect it to be either 30, 40 or no change.
    17 Jul 2012, 10:05 PM Reply Like
  • tahalb
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    Its around $24 after hours..they already raided the stock and now the week hands are crying and the big fish on WS are celebrating..I dont see a huge move up but if there is to be one, I will be on it at 8 am, before hours trading ..
    17 Jul 2012, 10:46 PM Reply Like
  • sumlittlekid
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    benefits outweigh the risks
    17 Jul 2012, 10:05 PM Reply Like
  • kriescherj
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    I heard a lot of good about this drug, and was hoping it would be approved,too bad it's not avaiable untillater this year.
    17 Jul 2012, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • tahalb
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    Did you get to hear the bad things about this drug , and the possibilty that it wont be around for long??
    17 Jul 2012, 10:47 PM Reply Like
  • Sedric
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    Thank god science wins out in this investment space. This will benefit millions with low, understood, risk. A kick start to those who need a dramatic loss in weight without the dangers of lap band surgery
    18 Jul 2012, 12:24 AM Reply Like
  • Laibach
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    Two reasons for it to jump tomorrow:

     

    1. The approval came too late for reaction today.
    2. The stock was beaten down today due to fear of FDA rejection.
    18 Jul 2012, 12:46 AM Reply Like
  • doctormiller
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    Iam a doctor and I would never prescribe this drug combo for few of my patients safety,Belqiv yes it is so much safer,sorry but thats only my ethical beliefs.
    18 Jul 2012, 12:46 AM Reply Like
  • wiesemc
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    I'll prescribe it with proper work-up. I have patients on the combo now with results. I don't believe Belviq will hold water in the end.
    18 Jul 2012, 01:11 AM Reply Like
  • Chemist357
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    Be ready for higher malpractice, only takes 1 pt with a baby and cleft lip...caused by the drug or just statistics. Can you already see the advertisements 1800 bad drug. They are already playing for Pradaxa.
    18 Jul 2012, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • wiesemc
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    Again this is nothing new in our industry. Lawyers are the ultimate slime of our culture.
    18 Jul 2012, 06:16 PM Reply Like
  • ianspivak
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    If you are a practicing doctor, you are businessman first and a doctor second. If you will not prescribe the drug, others will and they will have your patients.
    The marketplace will dictate your actions. Now if you would not depend on the income from your patients and help them without profiting, then I would trust you.
    18 Jul 2012, 06:59 PM Reply Like
  • wiesemc
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    Nice point. I took a Hippocratic Oath so that places my conscience above the stance of a businessman.
    19 Jul 2012, 01:56 AM Reply Like
  • RomeRome
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    Historic. Going to he bank tomorrow.
    18 Jul 2012, 01:09 AM Reply Like
  • shareholderhelp
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    Couple of years from now VVUS will be one of those companies that went under from selling a product that harmed people and were buried in legal problems. The easiest way out was bankruptcy.
    18 Jul 2012, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • shareholderhelp
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    VVUS company is in for a financial shattering. There sale of this product is so limited. They are restricted from advertising, they must sell through specialty pharmacy's (mail order) and all female patients of child baring age must prove they are not pregnant and will not do so while on the drug. They must also have a pregnancy test monthly and use contraception and this is only the tip of the iceberg on restrictions. They have no sales force and seem to be saying they are going to use a contract sale force. Look up this sales force company and do some due diligence on them.
    18 Jul 2012, 10:41 AM Reply Like
  • DocJohn01
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    I agree this will be a BIG reason the sales will be bust! Only special doctors can prescribe this, mail order pharmacies, and patients having to get multiple tests on a monthly base all limit patient’s ability to obtain the drug, and contribute to higher office visit prices and less access for the patient.
    18 Jul 2012, 08:55 PM Reply Like
  • Chemist357
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    National Institutes of Health's Dr. Michael Lauer quote "I believe that if the public were to buy" the medication "it would run the risk of severe, even fatal, consequences from another diet lemon."

     

    Enough said.
    18 Jul 2012, 01:04 PM Reply Like
  • DocJohn01
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    Chemist357, I totally agree! Enough Said !! I could not have said it any better. Dr. Michael Lauer’s statement (which is a warning!) with the National Institutes of Health will be the nail in the coffin during the law suites.
    18 Jul 2012, 08:46 PM Reply Like
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