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AP Pharma (NASDAQ: HRTX  )

Star Rating (out of 5)



Health care

Market Cap

$177 million


AP Pharma Underperform Pick

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Stock Price At Underperform Recommendation


Sources: S&P Capital IQ, Yahoo! Finance, and Motley Fool CAPS.

This Week's Pitch:

I've watched from the sidelines as AP Pharma stock ran and sagged ahead of the APF530 PDUFA, likely the result of a self-fulfilling prophecy of the "run-up" enthusiasts. As always, it is good to be an early adopter of manufactured momentum plays in low float stocks and painful to be late to the party. Getting back to fundamentals, I see AP as a prime candidate for a post-PDUFA decline regardless of outcome. In my mind, the company's goose was cooked when results of the phase III trial indicated that APF530 was equivalent but not superior to the standard of care Aloxi. The smart money abandoned the stock and the next few years were a blur of CRL, time and resource-consuming studies, and dilution. The penny stock share price masks a startling 193M market cap, the result of a massive dilution last July that suggests the company is already looking ahead to their next act after APF530. Even if approved, APF530 is unlikely to become a significant player in the generic-dominated CINV market.

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  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2013, at 11:55 AM, 13CROSSBONES wrote:

    You sir, are called for "piling on". APF350 will be a superior way to stop chemotherapy nausea when, not if, it hits the market. While it was disappointing to have a delay involved in bringing AAP350 to market, it will happen and become a preferred method, because it is less repetitive. I fail to see where you deserve an article here at Motley Fool, given your narrow vision.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2013, at 12:00 PM, 13CROSSBONES wrote:

    "less repititive and works as well". I am now wondering about the integrity of the FDA, after failing two drugs that work, because of percieved deficiencies. The other is $DVAX's Hepislav.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2013, at 12:13 PM, 13CROSSBONES wrote:

    Furthermore, it appears that you wrote this article after hearing the rejection news, though your verbage appears to be predictive.

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