The Obesity-Drug Wars Officially Begin

It's a day that Arena Pharmaceuticals investors have long, long waited for: Obesity drug Belviq is now on the market. 

The company had a seemingly endless wait for DEA scheduling, ultimately receiving class 4 status. In the meantime, competitor VIVUS got its obesity drug Qsymia approved and into patients' hands. 

In this video, health-care analyst David Williamson checks in on the obesity-drug wars, where things stand between Arena and VIVUS, and what Arena investors should look out for given some of Qsymia's initial challenges.

Who will win the obesity drug market?
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  • Report this Comment On June 11, 2013, at 10:54 PM, keahou wrote:

    My MD friends say that they would never prescribe Qysmia, a combo of 2 generics which have been available for decades. It is cheaper to just take these generics which haven't done much either, so how can Qysmia be successful? Also, this efficacy chatter is erroneous. Twice the normal dose of Qysmia is trumpeted by all articles as the standard but that only applies to a minority of patients. When you use the recommended dose of Qysmia it has the same efficacy as Belviq. So this race will be a non event. Qysmia's scripts actually dropped last week.

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 8:09 AM, csmstreeter wrote:

    Another pill? Easier solution...eat less, move more!

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 8:39 AM, adumfraudstain wrote:

    There will be no US market obesity 'war'. Reformulated generic combo Qsymia is already on life support and will be a no show.

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