5 Health-Care Stocks Getting Slaughtered

In this edition, health-care editor and analyst David Williamson takes a closer look at the five biggest losers in the sector for the week. Watch and find out which stocks plunged and, more importantly for investors, why the market punished them. Fool on!

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  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2012, at 3:21 PM, genesis667 wrote:

    Nice try, but they would not hurt Belviq sales since the generics are already available right now and have been for years....The analyst community refuses to face reality that they will indeed hurt Qsymia sales...

  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2012, at 5:28 PM, Foreeverlong wrote:

    "A generic version of Qsymia would hurt Belviq's sales".


    I don't agree. Genesis indicated above, both component drugs (Phentermine and Topiramate) have been available in generic form for years. Dr.'s simply don't order them for weight reduction to any great degree.

    Qsymia will fail because it is dangerous to prescribe, and as a result Qsymia has a very burdensome FDA REMS that the vast majority of Dr.'s are not going to want to deal with.

    Belviq can easily be combined to Phentermine for a safe and even more efficacious weight reduction solution. So, physicians will find no need for Qsymia.

    My compliments on the fact that you are one of the few people that I have heard reference how bizarre it is that the management of Vivus has not responded to the Citron report. But, again the Citron report is only tip of the iceberg when it comes to Vivus'es problems.

    Management knew when to sell their shares.

  • Report this Comment On July 31, 2012, at 12:43 AM, Rdmize wrote:

    Bad reporting and bad information.

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