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VIVUS Announces New Discount Program Through Sam's Club for Qsymia Patients

April 28, 2015 - Mountain View, CA

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - April 28, 2015) - VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS), a biopharmaceutical company commercializing Qsymia® (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) capsules CIV for the treatment of obesity, today announced that effective May 1, 2015, Qsymia will be the sole anti-obesity agent available on the Sam's Club Extra Value Drug List (EVDL). Qsymia patients paying cash who are premium members of Sam's Club, known as Sam's Plus Members, will pay lower out-of-pocket costs for Qsymia therapy than those offered through current discount card programs.

"We are pleased with this new, exclusive agreement between Sam's Club and VIVUS," said Seth H. Z. Fischer, CEO. "We believe Qsymia is an outstanding option for patients with obesity and its complications, and we are glad to be able to offer through the Sam's Club EVDL additional value as well."

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.

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

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including risks and uncertainties related to Qsymia as a treatment option for patients with obesity and its complications; and risks and uncertainties related to the broadening of payor reimbursement. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in these forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. Investors should read the risk factors set forth in VIVUS's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 as filed on February 25, 2015 and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. VIVUS does not undertake an obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Dana B. Shinbaum
Corporate Development & Investor Relations

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