Traders Watching VIVUS (VVUS) and Other Obesity Drug Makers Ahead of Today's CV Panel (OREX) (ARNA)

March 28, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Send to a Friend
The volatility in obesity drug makers is expected to continue as the FDA's 2-day CV study requirement panel starts today. Briefing documents were posted on March 26.

While VIVUS' (Nasdaq: VVUS) Qnexa received backing from an FDA panel on February 22, there is concerns about a 2-stage pre-approval CV study. Another alternative would be a post-approval CV study, or best case no study at all.

While VIVUS is currently seen in the lead to get their obesity drug to market, Orexigen Therapeutics' (NASDAQ: OREX) Contrave could still beat it to the market if a CV study is required.

In addition to VIVUS and Orexigen, Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) has an obesity treatment. However, its shares were downgraded earlier today.

The scheduled Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date for Qnexa is April 17, 2012.


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