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Weight loss drug makers get a lift today after Aetna (AET -0.6%) revises its criteria under...

Weight loss drug makers get a lift today after Aetna (AET -0.6%) revises its criteria under which the insurer considers weight reduction medications as "medically necessary" for treatment of obesity. In a Clinical Policy Bulletin revision dated yesterday, AET identified certain medications that have been approved by the FDA for weight reduction which would be covered under its policy: Qsymia, marketed by VIVUS (VVUS +13.2%), Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA +2.9%), Didrex from Pfizer (PFE +0.1%), Xenical from Roche (RHHBY +0.3) and GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK +0.2%) Alli. Orexigen (OREX +6.5%), although not named in the bulletin, is also higher on the news.
Comments (11)
  • "Great news for ARNA & VVUS"!!!
    21 Nov 2012, 11:17 AM Reply Like
  • Sweet!!!


    Glad VVUS is making the launch for Belviq that much easier, may even hit the market with 50% insurance coverage!
    21 Nov 2012, 11:51 AM Reply Like
  • Excellent point!
    21 Nov 2012, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • all useless drugs generic plegine most weight loss least cost period
    21 Nov 2012, 11:14 PM Reply Like
  • When Belviq is in combination with metformin as 1st line therapy for type II diabetic patients....still worthless drug? Open your Cramer closed eyes!
    22 Nov 2012, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • cHEMIST the answer is yes useless because the weight loss from belviq is absolutely dismal - you can lose more in one month on generic plegine for $20 than an entire year on belviq at a $1000 and generic metformin is a whole lot cheaper as well


    not to mention that their are already a number of diabetic drugs that are causing weight loss
    23 Nov 2012, 09:52 AM Reply Like
  • Wow ralphey,


    You must be SHORT on ARNA, when I bought ARNA I did and still do not care about weight loss...What I do care about is diabetic patients who did not lose weight having an A1c reduction of 0.9%. (BLOOM Trial). I suggest you find a health care professional to help you understand the trial data. So you can exit your short position while you still can.


    23 Nov 2012, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • @ralp


    You are sounding a bit ridiculous!
    23 Nov 2012, 08:14 PM Reply Like
  • Wow a whole 0.9% wow !!! I dont think any diabetic drug has ever done that ! and lets see if i remember weight loss was an average of 5kg at 2 years vs 2 for placebo so lets see 6# weight loss in 2 years on the drug whew impressive !!!


    so lets see useless for weight loss and as a diabetic drug mediocre at best wow sound like a real winner
    sorry dont have any investment in this play
    24 Nov 2012, 10:49 AM Reply Like
  • You say "sorry don't have any investment in this play"!


    Then there is no need your you to be in this conversation, your comments are useless once again!
    24 Nov 2012, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • Oh I see only people who buy the stock have anything usefull to say DUH !!!!
    25 Nov 2012, 07:04 PM Reply Like
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