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October 02, 2012 08:20 ET

Arena Pharmaceuticals and VIVUS Weight Loss Drugs the First Approved by the FDA in Over 13 Years

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Arena Pharmaceuticals and VIVUS

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) - The anti-obesity drug market has garnered increased attention from investors this year as two weight loss drugs have gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the first approvals in over 13 years. The last weight loss drug to gain approval from the FDA was Roche Holdings Xenical in 1999. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Biotechnology Industry and provides equity research on Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) and VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS).

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The FDA has labeled obesity as a "major public health concern." According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately 36 percent of all adults in the U.S. are "obese." A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine forecasted that from now to 2030 a total of $550 billion will be spent on health care as a result of rapidly rising obesity rates.

"By the year 2030, at least 44 percent of adults in every state of the country could be obese," said Jeffrey Levi, the executive director of Trust for America's Health. "The potential rise in health-related problems associated with obesity and the rise in health care costs could be staggering."

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Arena Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel drugs for weight management, cardiovascular disease, inflammation and other disorders. The company's weight loss drug, Belviq, was approved by the FDA in June.

VIVUS is a biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes and sexual health for U.S., Europe and other world markets. The company's weight loss drug, Qsymia was approved by the FDA in July. Bloomberg recently reported that Qsymia was covered by insurers approximately 30 percent of the time during its first week on the market.

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