Amarin fish-oil drug approved for sale in US
The heart pill could be a blockbuster product.
On a conference call Thursday night, Amarin CEO Joseph Zakrzewski said a takeover is one of three options going forward for the company. Amarin will either launch the drug, called Vascepa, on its own, partner with another company to help market the product, or sell the entire company to a rival.
"We believe all three of these paths can lead to success," he said.
If it sells the drug on its own, Amarin would hire 200 to 300 salespeople later this year, Zakrzewski said. The drug would hit the market in 2013.
American shares of the Irish drug company were down more than 8% by midday Friday. The stock rose to $15.31 before it was halted Thursday afternoon. Shares more than doubled this year on hope for approval of the drug.
Some analysts believe Amarin's drug will eventually be a blockbuster product that takes sales from GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Lovaza. A recent survey by Leerink Swann found a number of doctors who said they were enthusiastic about prescribing Amarin's pill.
The Amarin drug aims to lower triglycerides, a type of fat, in the blood. While the Glaxo drug is designed to do the same thing, Lovaza raises levels of bad cholesterol in some patients. Amarin's drug doesn't have that side effect. The pill is more potent and pure than over-the-counter fish-oil products.
Amarin was one of two biotech companies expecting decisions from the FDA Thursday. Horizon Pharma (HZNP) also won approval to sell a drug, Rayos, for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Rayos is a delayed-release version of the steroid prednisone. The drug is approved in Europe where it is sold as Lodotra. Partner Mundipharma has sales rights for the drug in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Shares of Horizon tumbled more than 20% by midday Friday. The shares traded at $7.64 before being halted just before US markets closed Thursday.
More from Minyanville
MORE ON MSN MONEY
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE and AMEX. See delay times for other exchanges.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Thomson Reuters (click for restrictions). Real-time quotes provided by BATS Exchange. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Interactive Data Real-Time Services. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by SIX Financial Information.
All hail the bull market, which ended the week with a big rally. But it also is starting to look a little like 1987, which suffered an epic blow-out.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.