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Dec 24, 2012
 |  BC Week In Review  |  Clinical News  |  Regulatory

Phentermine/topiramate regulatory update

Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ:ESRX, St. Louis, Mo.) added obesity drug Qsymia phentermine/topiramate from Vivus to its national pharmacy formularies. Qsymia was added as a Tier 3 drug, with an estimated co-pay of $50-$60 for a monthly prescription. In a November conference call, Vivus said payers are covering Qsymia with an average co-pay of $62. Express Scripts declined to comment on whether it had added fellow obesity drug Belviq lorcaserin from Eisai Co. Ltd. (Tokyo:4523; Osaka:4523, Tokyo, Japan) and Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA, San...

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