Vivus Qsymia Launch Includes Strategy To Overcome Medicare Hurdles
Company reports several hundred prescribers have completed online training as part of the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for the weight loss drug, which is moving toward a fourth-quarter entry into the marketplace.
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