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Can This Obesity-Drug Maker Beat Arena and VIVUS in Europe?

Obesity-drug specialists Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ARNA  ) and VIVUS (NASDAQ: VVUS  ) have already launched their products in the United States, but both have struggled to get the green light in the European Union. While the two fight for market share in the U.S., Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OREX  ) , the third major player in this space, announced last week that it has submitted an application with the European Medicines Agency for the approval of its obesity medication Contrave. Orexigen has yet to get its drug approved by the FDA, but could it beat both Arena and VIVUS to the European market? Analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso discuss this story in the following video.

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  • Report this Comment On October 07, 2013, at 4:50 AM, WallSTcz wrote:

    Can This Obesity-Drug Maker Beat Arena and VIVUS in Europe?


    WallST in EU 7 oct. 2013

  • Report this Comment On October 07, 2013, at 5:49 AM, RSRdriver wrote:

    Vivus's EU problem appeared to be off label use ("the potential for use where it is not intended"). This should be an easy fix for them.

    Arena's Belviq has a serious problem with marginal efficacy and likely,still unanswered safety issues. Being a 2C receptor drug is probably their biggest reason for EU rejection though, ( research 2C drug rejection in Europe). IMO, there is no way Belviq gets EU approval and Swiss approval is likely not to happen for the same reasons. When that happens, several countries who use Swiss drug guidelines will also reject Belviq.

    If Orexigen's obesity drug can prove itself safe and on the right side of a cost /benefit ratio, there is no reason why it should not be approved by the EU. Whether it will beat Vivus (IMO, the only other viable player in this question) remains to be seen.

  • Report this Comment On October 07, 2013, at 10:52 AM, i5par wrote:

    VVUS EU problem is the formula is too close to banned Fen-Fen. Europe will have nothing to do with Phen-based compounds. Add that Qysmia has no other morbidity to claim such as Diabetes.

    As for Contrave, Europe will do nothing until it has a US approval. Bet your house on that. Analysts praising Contrave should note that the FDA has put the bar so far out of reach for study results that approval is no better than 50-50.

    Plus neither company has the cash or pipeline to do much more than hope that analysts pumps can save the stocks before the curtain drops.

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