Mountain View, CA, United States
Mountain View, CA, United States

Vivus is a small pharmaceutical company headquartered in Mountain View, California, working in obesity, sleep, and sexual health. Vivus is developing an erectile dysfunction drug, Avanafil, that has completed Phase 3 clinical trials. The drug has been approved for use by the FDA, and will be sold under the trademark name Stendra. Stendra is the first and only oral ED treatment approved to be taken approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity.A documentary movie "Orgasm Inc." was made at Vivus in 2009 to document the process of creating a treatment for Female sexual arousal disorder .Vivus also developed an obesity drug, Qnexa , a combination of phentermine and topiramate, two existing weight-loss drugs. On July 17, 2012, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Qsymia , made by Vivus, as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management. The drug was approved for use in adults with a body mass index of 30 or greater or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure , type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol . Wikipedia.


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The present invention is drawn to novel topiramate compositions as well as methods for effecting weight loss, e.g., in the treatment of obesity and related conditions, including conditions associated with and/or caused by obesity per se. The present invention features an escalating dosing regimen adapted for the administration of topiramate and optionally a sympathomimetic agent such as phentermine or bupropion, in the treatment of obesity and related conditions.


The present invention is drawn to novel topiramate compositions as well as methods for effecting weight loss, e.g., in the treatment of obesity and related conditions, including conditions associated with and/or caused by obesity per se. The present invention features an escalating dosing regimen adapted for the administration of topiramate and optionally a sympathomimetic agent such as phentermine or bupropion, in the treatment of obesity and related conditions.


This invention relates generally to methods and pharmaceutical formulations useful in treating patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Treatment of OSAS is effected by administering a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor to the patient in combination with at least one additional active agent. Examples of additional active agents include modafinil, eszopiclone, zolpidem, zaleplon, and phentermine.


A method for effecting weight loss by administering a combination of topiramate and phentermine is provided. The phentermine is generally administered in immediate release form, in a daily dose in the range of 2 mg to 8 mg, in combination with a daily dose of topiramate selected to prevent the loss of effectiveness of phentermine alone. Methods for treating obesity, conditions associated with obesity, and other indications are also provided, as are compositions and dosage forms containing low doses of phentermine and topiramate, e.g., 3.75 mg phentermine and 23 mg topiramate.


The present invention is drawn to novel topiramate compositions as well as methods for effecting weight loss, e.g., in the treatment of obesity and related conditions, including conditions associated with and/or caused by obesity per se. The present invention features an escalating dosing regimen adapted for the administration of topiramate and optionally a sympathomimetic agent such as phentermine or bupropion, in the treatment of obesity and related conditions.


Drug tablets that include a controlled release layer of a moisture-sensitive active agent are prepared with a lipidic matrix forming excipient, a water-soluble, channel forming excipient and a filler, each being non-hygroscipic. The tablets are formed in a process where the components are blended in the absence of moisture and in particulate form.


This invention relates generally to methods and pharmaceutical formulations useful in treating patients suffering from sleep apnea, including obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Treatment is effected by administering a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor to the patient in combination with an aldosterone antagonist. Formulations containing a therapeutically effective amount of a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor and a therapeutically effective amount of an aldosterone antagonist are provided as well.


This disclosure relates generally to methods and pharmaceutical compositions useful in treating pulmonary hypertension. In one embodiment, for example, the disclosure provides a method for treating pulmonary hypertension comprising administering a therapeutically effective dose of a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor to a patient in need of treatment. The disclosure finds utility in the fields of medicine and pharmacology.


Formulations are provided for the oral administration of avanafil, a Type V phosphodiesterase inhibitor (PDE V inhibitor), and analogs thereof. The formulations are orally disintegrating tablets (ODTs) that rapidly dissolve or disintegrate in the oral cavity. The tablets contain an absorption enhancing composition that increases the duodenal absorption of the active agent, following transfer from the low pH environment of the stomach to the more basic pH of the duodenum. Methods for administering the active agent using the dosage forms are provided. The invention also encompasses a method of selecting components and compositions to incorporate in the formulations which will facilitate increased absorption of the active agent in the duodenum and thus serve as absorption enhancing compositions herein. Also provided are methods for manufacturing orally disintegrating tablets to optimize the physical properties of the dosage forms, particularly hardness and disintegration time.


A method for effecting weight loss by administering a combination of topiramate and phentermine is provided. The phentermine is generally administered in immediate release form, in a daily dose in the range of 2 mg to 8 mg, in combination with a daily dose of topiramate selected to prevent the loss of effectiveness of phentermine alone. Methods for treating obesity, conditions associated with obesity, and other indications are also provided, as are compositions and dosage forms containing low doses of phentermine and topiramate, e.g., 3.75 mg phentermine and 23 mg topiramate.

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