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The Food and Drug Administration authorized Addyi (flibanserin) on Aug. 18, 2015.(Photo: Sprout Pharmaceuticals)

Remember that high-profile $1 billion wager Valeant Pharmaceuticals International made two years in the past on the potential of the so-called feminine Viagra therapy? The troubled drugmaker misplaced huge on the wager.

Throwing within the towel, Valeant has divested the therapy to a purchaser affiliated with former shareholders of Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the corporate that initially bought it to Valeant. The firm disclosed the sale settlement a day earlier than baderting improved monetary information on Tuesday.

How dangerous was the 2013 acquisition?

So dangerous that the product formally often known as Addyi was dropping cash, Valeant CEO Joseph Papa stated throughout a Tuesday convention name with monetary badysts. So dangerous that former Sprout shareholders sued Valeant, accusing the Montreal-based firm of failing to market the therapy correctly — an allegation Valeant denied.

Eager to place the transaction within the rear-view mirror, Valeant agreed to give the previous Sprout shareholders a $25 million mortgage to get again into enterprise. In trade, the shareholders are anticipated to drop the lawsuit, and Valeant will get a 6% royalty on international gross sales of Addyi.

The sale is predicted to shut earlier than the tip of 2017, topic to requisite approvals by the previous Sprout shareholders.

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Valeant had tried to relaunch the therapy earlier this 12 months, with a “Find My Spark” marketing campaign and an elevated gross sales drive. “We believe that there is a great opportunity for this brand,” firm CFO Paul Herendeen instructed funding badysts at a convention in June.

However, in baderting the divestment, Papa stated the sale would additional streamline Valeant’s portfolio and “cut back complexity in our enterprise.

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Sprout took Addyi to the Federal Drug Administration a number of occasions earlier than the product received regulatory approval. Women’s well being advocates and others campaigned for the approval, hoping that it could result in libido-boosting therapy choices for girls.

But even after the approval, some medical specialists maintained that Addyi had restricted effectiveness and predicted potential customers may keep away from the therapy as a result of it carried a warning about fainting dangers if mixed with alcohol or sure drugs.

 

Valeant (VRX) shares soared Tuesday after the corporate introduced third-quarter outcomes that beat Wall Street forecasts. The inventory was up 15% at $13.85 in late morning buying and selling.

The bounce got here after the corporate introduced 1% year-over-year natural progress in Valeant’s Bausch + Lomb eye care enterprise and a three% enhance in income for its Salix division, which makes therapies for abdomen and gastrointestinal issues.

 Valeant stated its outcomes had been additionally boosted by completion of an inner tax reorganization effort that boosted web revenue. Valeant additionally introduced it had paid down $6 billion of the corporate’s heavy debt load forward of schedule. However, the corporate additionally up to date its full-year income forecast to $eight.65 billion to $eight.eight billion, down from $eight.7 billion to $eight.9 billion beforehand. 

In all, Valeant reported third-quarter earnings per share of $three.69 on web revenue of $1.three billion. Both measures had been up sharply from the identical interval final 12 months, and likewise beat the forecasts of economic badysts polled by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Follow USA TODAY reporters Mike Snider and Kevin McCoy on Twitter: @MikeSnider, @kmcnyc.

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