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Vivus hits Actavis with Qsymia patent-infringement lawsuit

Weak Qsymia sales have been the all-important issue for Vivus since the highly anticipated obesity therapy stumbled out of the gate, inspiring an all-out proxy war that wreaked havoc on the company's boardroom. And the California company isn't about to cede what market share it does have to Actavis--at least, not without a fight.

UPDATED: Orexigen's weight-loss med sets up Takeda vs. Eisai marketing showdown--eventually

Orexigen Therapeutics is on the verge of FDA approval for its obesity drug, after several long years of delay and frustration. But despite its late-to-the-party status--it's the third weight-loss pill in a new generation of treatments--it may end up winning the popularity contest.

Actavis slaps struggling Vivus with generic threat

After a botched launch for obesity drug Qsymia, a bitter proxy war, a mass exodus of its directors and management and a continued sales struggle, the last thing Vivus needs is a generic threat. But thanks to Actavis, that's exactly what it's getting.

Vivus beats the street on licensing payments, but investors aren't fooled

Vivus, a go-it-alone marketer with flailing obesity drug Qsymia, is discovering the joys of buddying up. 

Vivus, Arena hope Aetna weight-management program boosts diet-drug sales

Both Vivus and Arena marketing partner Eisai have partnered with healthcare benefits provider Aetna, which will integrate rival obesity drugs Qsymia and Belviq into a weight-loss lifestyle pilot program.

With Qsymia still flailing, Vivus to cut 20 jobs, replace CFO

Vivus says it's laying off 20 staffers to cut its losses as the obesity drug Qsymia continues to flounder. Launched last year, Qsymia brought in just $6.4 million for the third quarter, far from the lofty sales projected as the drug neared FDA approval. And with the drug still struggling for a market foothold, analysts worry that Vivus will have a hard time attracting a partner that can apply its marketing savvy to the job.

Eisai to recruit 200 new sales reps for amped-up Belviq push

Analysts promised a battle of obesity drugs between Arena's Belviq and Vivus' Qsymia. But in marketing partner Eisai, Arena has a weapon Vivus lacks--and that weapon is about to get bigger. The Japanese company plans to add more than 200 sales reps to its army by December, doubling its size since the drug hit the market this June.

Qsymia scripts moving up solidly as dust settles in boardroom

According to a research note from analyst Michael Yee at RBC Capital Markets, total Qsymia prescriptions for the weight-loss drug are up 7% week-over-week to 10,019, with new prescriptions up 6% week-over-week to 8,133.

New Vivus chief's Qsymia marketing plans raise turnaround hopes

Vivus announced second-quarter losses much worse than anyone expected. It took the first public comments from incoming CEO Tony Zook to sustain hopes for a turnaround.

UPDATED: Vivus and First Manhattan reach settlement to close out proxy war

The agreement will expand  the board to 11 members from 9, with First Manhattan installing 6 directors as four Vivus directors step down. F ormer AstraZeneca  exec Tony Zook, backed by FMC, is expected to round out the board, taking the place of current CEO Leland Wilson.