VIVUS Announces Key Management Updates to Support Global Expansion Strategy

Jan 10, 2023

CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VIVUS LLC today announced the promotion of Santosh T. Varghese, MD, to President VIVUS Global Pharmaceutical Development. With more than 25 years of U.S. and global pharmaceutical industry experience, including more than a decade at VIVUS, Dr. Varghese will continue to serve as the company’s Chief Medical Officer.

“Santosh has been an integral part in the development of Qsymia® and PANCREAZE® as well as bringing these life changing treatment options to healthcare providers and patients,” said John Amos, Chief Executive Officer at VIVUS. “His numerous accomplishments and successful track record at VIVUS encapsulates his importance to our team. On behalf of VIVUS, I congratulate Santosh on his promotion and look forward to his continued success as we continue our work in addressing unmet patient needs.”

“It has been my life’s work to bring pharmaceutical-based solutions for patients in need and I am excited with this opportunity to continue on this mission with VIVUS,” said Dr. Varghese. “While I am proud of what we achieved, there remains much work to be done in defeating challenges that afflict patients and their activities of daily living. I am confident that we can make a difference to patients, physicians, and the healthcare system as a whole.”

VIVUS also announced today the appointment of Alessandro Giacometti to Vice President & General Manager of Europe. Prior to joining VIVUS, Mr. Giacometti held increasing responsibilities at Takeda, most recently serving as Global Commercial Lead for its stem cells therapy and before that its gastroenterology portfolio. Previously, he was Senior Marketing Director at Pfizer, focused on its Cardiovascular, Pain and CNS portfolios in Europe, Canada and key Emerging Markets. Mr. Giacometti holds a Master’s Degree in Geology from Sapienza University of Rome and more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, half of which is international-related positions.

“As we launch QSYMIA in various European countries, Alessandro will play an instrumental role in executing our planned rollout across this region,” added Mr. Amos. “His deep experience at large, multi-national pharmaceutical companies, combined with his knowledge of commercial, marketing and licensing opportunities, makes him uniquely qualified for this important position. Under Alessandro’s guidance, we are committed to bringing physicians and patients affordable, proven weight loss options that are not currently available in Europe.”

“I am thrilled to join VIVUS,” said Mr. Giacometti. “Bringing solutions to treat the growing European and global obesity epidemic is now more important than ever before. VIVUS is committed to making a difference for patients and health care providers, and I look forward to working with the team as we expand our commercial opportunities and raise awareness of QSYMIA into new markets.”


VIVUS is a biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of innovative therapies that focus on advancing treatments for patients with serious unmet medical needs. For more information about the Company, please visit

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