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New Review Article Discusses Complications-Centric Approach to Obesity Medical Management With Qsymia

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VIVUS, Inc. (Nasdaq:VVUS) today announced that a review article has been published online in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety examining the efficacy and safety of Qsymia® (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) capsules CIV. The article presents a complications-centric model for the treatment of obesity, including weight-loss pharmacotherapies, such as Qsymia.

Author: William Timothy Garvey
Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Birmingham, AL, USA
Title:
"Phentermine and topiramate extended-release: a new treatment for obesity and its role in a complications-centric approach to obesity medical management"

According to the article, treatment of the overweight or obese patient should be focused on complications, such as type 2 diabetes or hypertension, rather than using a BMI-driven approach to optimize the benefit/risk profile for overweight and obese patients.

About Qsymia

Qsymia® (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) capsules CIV is approved in the U.S. and is indicated as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese) or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related medical condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.

The effect of Qsymia on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been established. The safety and effectiveness of Qsymia in combination with other products intended for weight loss, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and herbal preparations, have not been established.

Important Safety Information

Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) capsules CIV is contraindicated in pregnancy; in patients with glaucoma; in hyperthyroidism; in patients receiving treatment or within 14 days following treatment with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs); or in patients with hypersensitivity to sympathomimetic amines, topiramate, or any of the inactive ingredients in Qsymia.

Qsymia can cause fetal harm. Females of reproductive potential should have a negative pregnancy test before treatment and monthly thereafter and use effective contraception consistently during Qsymia therapy. If a patient becomes pregnant while taking Qsymia, treatment should be discontinued immediately, and the patient should be informed of the potential hazard to the fetus.

The most commonly observed side effects in controlled clinical studies, 5% or greater and at least 1.5 times placebo, include paraesthesia, dizziness, dysgeusia, insomnia, constipation, and dry mouth.

About VIVUS

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 more information about the company, please visit www.vivus.com.

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CONTACT: VIVUS, Inc. Dana B. Shinbaum shinbaum@vivus.com Investor Relations: The Trout Group Brian Korb bkorb@troutgroup.com 646-378-2923 Media Relations: GolinHarris Ashley Buford abuford@golinharris.com (212) 373-6045Source:VIVUS, Inc.