Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fat chance

What Does This Rejection Mean for Obesity Drugmakers?

Pharmaceutical company VIVUS (Nasdaq: VVUS ) may have gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its weight loss drug, Qsymia, over the summer, but it just received the official rejection from the European Medicines Agency, or EMA. It became clear from preliminary information released in September that Qsymia -- which was going to be launched as Qsiva in the EU -- would be rejected by the EMA. Therefore, this news didn't come as a huge surprise to investors.

VIVUS stated that it will reapply for approval, but will this company lose a big market opportunity if it can't get its drug on the European market? Does this present an opportunity for its chief rival Arena Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARNA ) and its obesity drug, Belviq?

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