VIVUS is an interesting company. They’ve developed a weight loss drug and now their erectile dysfunction drug is on the verge of being approved by the FDA. This new drug is to provide erections within 15 minutes, faster than Viagra. In the company’s short bio on Google Finance their focus is referred to as: “development and commercialization of therapeutic drugs for under served markets.” That’s a nice way to put it. It’s sort of the opposite, as in it’s for people who’ve over served themselves.
VIVUS, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development and commercialization of therapeutic drugs for underserved markets, including obesity and related morbidities, such as sleep apnea and diabetes, and men’s sexual health. As of the year ended December 31, 2011, it had one investigational drug candidate, QNEXA, which has been submitted for approval as a treatment for weight loss in the United States and the European Union. The Company’s investigational drug pipeline includes two late-stage clinical investigational drug candidates.
One of these investigational drug candidates, QNEXA, has completed Phase III clinical trials for obesity and Phase II clinical trials for diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. In addition to Qnexa, it has an investigational drug candidate, avanafil, to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). The Company has completed the Phase III clinical studies for avanafil, and filed an NDA with the FDA in June 2011.
What’s next in their pipeline? Well, they should come up with a drug that reduces the effects of nicotine or alcohol. Perhaps a pill form of marijuana, something that gets you high, or to that calm and soothing place, but allows you to maintain your focus. Oh yeah, what about a safer form of 5 hour energy or Red Bull. I’m sure they’re going to come up with a cure for baldness soon, too.
And what about if you eat too much red meat, get those annoying clogged arteries, there’s an answer for that as well – it’s going through trials. It’s like they’re a Saturday Night Life commercial. You want six pack abs, just take this pill and your stomach will turn into a turtle shell.
It’s like the VIVUS mantra is just live your life to the fullest God damn it, eat, drink, have as much sex as you can, and be merry. Sounds like a stock you might want to take a closer look at. They’re certainly going after those markets where there’s a lot of customers.