Horizon Beefs Up (While Burning Through Cash)

Today, Fool.com health-care analysts Brenton Flynn and David Williamson discuss Horizon Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ: HZNP  ) s and the recent completion of its salesforce rollout for for Duexis. The company expects to reach about 50% of necessary doctors, and Brenton excepts a commiserate acceleration in sales.

Duexis is a crucial drug for the company, but it's burning through cash at the moment and faces generic competition, so this salesforce announcement is more important than just increasing sales: It has huge implications for the company's future viability.

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  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2012, at 5:20 AM, txwonk wrote:

    Latest update on news is that HZNP raised 81 million via additional sale of stock. Exactly how are they "burning through cash"? Then, they also got 2 additional patents on Duexis---so please explain exactly how any "generics" are going to be competing with this anytime soon. Then the CEO apparently bought $2 million of company stock--and he did so on the same day they received patent approvals. Sure, it may take a little time to get doctors to start prescribing it, but at least with Covidien lined up as a distributor, things are all set to roll. Anyone ignoring all those bits of news must clearly have another agenda.

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