FDA clears Novo's liraglutide for obesity; doctors' views vary on Express Scripts' hep.-C plan; Janssen, Gilead advance plans for HIV drugs.
Category news shows that marketing to the obese may mean marketing to related conditions.
Researchers find that jet lag has an impact on the microscopic level.
Although sales have not skyrocketed, Arena and PBM Express Scripts have seen demand for prescription weight-loss medications rise, and researchers at The Obesity Society find the majority of weight-loss intervention candidates are eligible for prescription weight-loss medications.
Takeda and Orexigen's prescription weight-loss drug Contrave has hit the market with a wraparound patient support system.
Takeda's Director of Obesity Marketing Katie Andino told MM&M in a phone interview that the drugmaker will be taking a unique approach to woo patients, physicians and payers.
Why Novo Nordisk is choosing not to leverage Victoza's brand equity as it seeks a weight-loss indication for liraglutide.
The latest data shows an overall widening of the US.
Baylor College of Medicine researchers have found that an estrogen replacement suppressed binge-eating behavior among lab mice.
Diet and exercise can help some type-2 diabetes patients save around $500 in medical expenses every year.
J&J subsidiary Janssen has abandoned its patent lawsuit over the anti-seizure medication topiramate, which is part of Vivus's prescription weight-loss drug Qsymia.
An experimental Gelesis weight-loss drug seeks the middle ground between surgery and appetite suppressants.
Lawmakers criticized Columbia University chairman and professor of surgery Dr. Mehmet Oz for calling weight-loss supplements miracles on his TV program, despite lacking scientific proof to support those claims.
The bad-ad watchdog says the promotional website for the weight-loss medication Suprenza leaves out too much information.
The regulator wants more time to discuss post-marketing requirements.
A study shows that total knee replacement is rising—and occurring in more youthful people. The uptick tracks with the rise in obesity.
Gelesis is pouring money into its obesity "smart pill," and Novo reports weighty success among subjects taking liraglutide.
Eisai announced it was adding sales reps to promote its drug Belviq, while Vivus, maker of Qsymia, fights off a generic marketing application by Actavis.
Arena and Eisai are testing Belviq with appetite suppressant phentermine.
A national survey indicates that obesity rates for children ages 2 to 5 has fallen since the early 2000s, yet overall numbers remain largely unchanged and high.
Analyst Thomas Wei reviews the prescription slimming category and sees two different realities for Vivus and Arena.
The drugmaker's new subsidiary will provide behavior and activity training, among other services.
The company expects to join the prescription weight-loss market by 2014's third quarter.
The drugmaker says interim trial data meets FDA review requirements and is hoping for June 2014 approval.
The drugmaker says 20 jobs, or 17% of its workforce, will be gone by the end of the year.
Researchers think a two-hormone approach could help control diabetes and obesity.
The marketing push follows the September launch of a patient support program and the announcement it was doubling its sales force.
Eisai, the marketing half of the Arena-Eisai collaboration, plans to double the sales force by December.
A Credit Suisse analyst notes that the company will need to make a significant impact to meet even lowered expectations. A possible fix: more sales reps behind Belviq.
J&J grad Seth Fischer is replacing Zook as Vivus CEO, just two months after the former AstraZeneca exec's appointment.
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