Monday, April 4, 2011

Vivus shares climb on obesity drug data

Vivus Inc., seeking to reverse the Food and Drug Administration’s October rejection of its obesity-fighting drug Qnexa, said a long-term study shows that patients who took the drug used blood pressure pills 18.9 percent less.
After two years, patients in the study also saw a 26 percent drop in their levels of triglycerides, high levels of which are associated with obesity and heart disease, the Mountain View-based company (NASDAQ: VVUS) said.
The study is important for Vivus because the company must show that weight loss is tied to improvement of other obesity-related health markers.

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