VIVUS Announces $45.8 Million Registered Direct Offering of Common Stock

VIVUS Announces $45.8 Million Registered Direct Offering of Common Stock

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS), a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of novel therapeutic products, today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements dated August 23, 2011 with a select group of institutional investors to sell 6,889,098 shares of its common stock in a "registered direct" offering. The investors have agreed to purchase the shares at a purchase price of $6.65 per share, resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $45.8 million to VIVUS before estimated fees and expenses of approximately $562,000.

All of the shares of common stock are being offered pursuant to an effective Registration Statement on Form S-3 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). A prospectus supplement relating to the offering will be filed by VIVUS with the SEC.  The transaction is expected to close on or about August 24, 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.

Funds managed by QVT Financial LP were lead investors in the offering with two other existing investors also participating. VIVUS intends to use the proceeds from the financing for general corporate purposes as set forth in the prospectus supplement to the Registration Statement.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities may be offered only by means of the prospectus supplement and the related base prospectus.  Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained at the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov or directly from the company by contacting VIVUS, Inc., Attention: Corporate Secretary, 1172 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94040, (650) 934-5200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (650) 934-5200      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

About VIVUS

VIVUS is a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies to address obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes and male sexual health. The company's lead investigational product in clinical development, QNEXA®, has completed phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of obesity and is currently being considered for approval by US and EU regulators. VIVUS received a Complete Response Letter, or CRL, to the initial QNEXA NDA on October 28, 2010. QNEXA is also in phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. In the area of sexual health, VIVUS has submitted an NDA for avanafil, a PDE5 inhibitor being studied for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. For more information about the company, please visit www.vivus.com.

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