* FDA sets Jan 31, 2011, as action date * Contrave to
compete with Vivus, Arena experimental drugs
June 17 Orexigen Therapeutics Inc (OREX.O) said
the U.S. health regulator has assigned Jan. 31, 2011, as the
review date for the new drug application of its experimental
Contrave is a pill that combines the antidepressant
Wellbutrin, known generically as bupropion, with a
sustained-release version of naltrexone, an opioid blocker used
to treat alcoholism and other addictions.
If approved, Contrave would likely compete with Qnexa, an
experimental drug from Vivus Inc (VVUS.O) and lorcaserin, an
experimental drug from Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc (ARNA.O).
Shares of Orexigen closed at $4.67 Wednesday on Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Krishnakali Sengupta in Bangalore; Editing by
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