Eisai Announces Availability of BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) CIV Tablets for Chronic Weight Management in Adults who are Overweight with a Comorbidity or Obese

BELVIQ Available in U.S. Pharmacies within One Week

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Eisai Inc. announced today that BELVIQ (pronounced BEL-VEEK) will be available to eligible patients by prescription in the United States beginning June 11.

BELVIQ was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on June 27, 2012 to be used along with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m² or greater (obese), or BMI of 27 kg/m² or greater (overweight) with at least one weight-related medical condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes. It is not known if BELVIQ is safe and effective when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight loss products, nor is it known if BELVIQ changes your risk of heart problems or stroke, or of death due to heart problems or stroke.

BELVIQ is a new treatment option for the medical management of patients who are obese and who have not been able to sustain long-term weight loss by altering their diets or increasing exercise alone,” said Lonnel Coats, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eisai Inc. “Eisai is committed to making BELVIQ available to appropriate patients as part of our human health care corporate mission of keeping patients’ medical needs at the forefront of all that we do.”

BELVIQ will be available in U.S. pharmacies only with a prescription. Patients are cautioned not to buy BELVIQ from parties offering BELVIQ without a valid prescription from their doctor. Eisai will market and distribute BELVIQ in the United States and Arena Pharmaceuticals will manufacture and supply the finished commercial product from its facility in Switzerland.

BELVIQ provides appropriate patients with a new treatment option that along with diet and exercise can help them lose weight and keep the weight off,” said Ken Fujioka, M.D., Director of the Center for Weight Management at the Scripps Clinic. “Obesity needs to be recognized and treated as a chronic disease. The availability of BELVIQ is a significant milestone in the medical management of overweight and obesity as we work to slow this epidemic in the United States.”

About BELVIQ (lorcaserin HCl) CIV Tablets

BELVIQ is believed to decrease food consumption and promote satiety by selectively activating serotonin 2C receptors in the brain. The exact mechanism of action of BELVIQ is not known. BELVIQ is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because it may be abused or lead to drug dependence. For more information about BELVIQ, click here for the full Product Information or visit www.BELVIQ.com

Important Safety Information

For more information about BELVIQ, click here for the full Product Information or visit www.BELVIQ.com.

About Eisai Inc.

At Eisai Inc., human health care is our goal. We give our first thoughts to patients and their families, and helping to increase the benefits health care provides. As the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., Ltd., our passionate commitment to patient care is the driving force behind our efforts to help address unmet medical needs. We are a fully integrated pharmaceutical business with discovery, clinical, manufacturing and marketing capabilities. Our key areas of commercial focus include oncology and specialty care (Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and metabolic disorders). To learn more about Eisai Inc., please visit us at www.eisai.com/US.

Eisai Inc. has affiliates that are part of a global product creation organization that includes R&D facilities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as a global demand chain organization that includes manufacturing facilities in Maryland and North Carolina. Eisai’s global areas of R&D focus include neuroscience; oncology; metabolic disorders; vascular, inflammatory and immunological reaction; and antibody-based programs.

About Arena Pharmaceuticals

Arena is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel drugs that target G protein-coupled receptors, or GPCRs, to address unmet medical needs. BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl), Arena’s internally discovered drug, is approved in the United States and is under review for regulatory approval in additional territories. Arena’s US operations are located in San Diego, California, and its operations outside of the United States, including its commercial manufacturing facility, are located in Zofingen, Switzerland. For more information, visit Arena’s website at www.arenapharm.com.

Arena Pharmaceuticals® and Arena® are registered service marks of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. BELVIQ® is a registered trademark of Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH.


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