Why This Obesity Drugmaker's Prescription Data Tells Only Half the Story

As biotech investors continue to wait for Arena Pharmaceuticals to launch its obesity drug Belviq, pharmaceutical company Vivus (NASDAQ: VVUS  ) has been trying to ramp up sales for its rival drug Qsymia. The company's slow drug launch has been the topic of much debate in past quarters, but it recently reported that its total number of prescriptions shipped in March were 42% greater than scripts in January. Should investors be excited about this result, or will the real catalyst for this stock be its upcoming earnings report for the first quarter of 2013? Health-care analyst Max Macaluso sheds light on this topic in the following video.

Is now the time to sell VIVUS?
VIVUS' shares were clobbered after Qsymia's dismal launch. Investors everywhere are wondering whether the tide will turn for this fledgling drugmaker or if now is the perfect time to sell. In a new premium research report, the Fool's top health-care contributor breaks down this complex story and explains the details VIVUS investors must know -- including reasons to buy and sell. To find out more about this premium report click here now.


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  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2013, at 8:55 PM, gazoo99 wrote:

    Lest we forget........

    VVUS previously spent 58 mil to get 2 mil in sales!

    What is the cost of sales here? Sure there's an increasein scripts.... but at what cost?

    That was not posted....... wonder why?

  • Report this Comment On April 23, 2013, at 9:56 AM, adumfraudstain wrote:

    The time to sell VVUS was last year in $20's when stock spiked above $22 at adcom and later to $31 at FDA approval leaving huge gap from $10's open- we recommended doing just that.

    Qsymia nothing more than reformulated generic drugs already on market several decades while US obesiity rates tripled. And wall street loves Qsymia because they understand that the status quo profit stream with existing obesity rates remains intact. Lol!

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