VIVUS gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its obesity drug Qsymia this summer, and its stock is up approximately 80% since the beginning of 2012. This has been a solid return for shareholders, but there are still many questions:
- How much higher can VIVUS go?
- Will Qsymia become a blockbuster drug?
- Will sales decline when Arena Pharmaceuticals' drug Belviq becomes available in early 2013?
- Will Orexigen’s drug Contrave gain FDA approval and prove to be the dominant player in the obesity drug market?
While these questions may be difficult to answer, investors can make better investing decisions if they understand some of the science behind VIVUS' drug. In this video, health care analyst Max Macaluso discusses what Qsymia is on a molecular level and notes a few things that all VIVUS investors should be watching.
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