Aug 6 Sales of Vivus Inc's obesity pill
fell far short of analysts' estimates for the second quarter,
indicating that new CEO Anthony Zook faces the daunting task of
boosting uptake of the first weight-loss drug to be launched in
more than a decade.
April-June net product revenue, reflecting sales of the diet
drug Qsymia, was $5.5 million, compared with $4.1 million in the
quarter ended March. This was well below analysts' average
estimate of $12.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Net loss widened to $55.5 million, or 55 cents per share,
from $24.0 million, or 24 cents per share, a year earlier.
Analysts had expected a loss of 44 cents per share.
Qsymia, launched last September, is Vivus's sole product on
the market and its only revenue driver. Qsymia's launch strategy
drew a lot of shareholder criticism, leading to a board and
management overhaul brought about by largest investor First
Manhattan Co last month.
Vivus shares closed at $14.73 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday.