When it comes to weight loss, Arena Pharmaceuticals is throwing in the towel.
The small San Diego biotech company had once expected its anti-obesity drug, Belviq, to be a blockbuster — after all, more than one-third of Americans are obese. But the market wasn’t interested, and sales never lived up to expectations — leading the company to slash its employee count by 120, nearly three-quarters of its workforce.
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I’m confused by the discussion of a cardiovascular outcomes trial (CVOT) for Belviq in this article. I’ve read that the company already has a CVOT called CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 in progress. My understanding was that this study had completed enrollment in December 2015 and is expected to finish in the summer of 2018. So, hasn’t the $80 million investment for the CVOT already been made? Or is additional money needed to support the trial?
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