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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Vivus's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $1.5 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $9.5 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Vivus Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 2.71 (Dec. 2014 ) + 2.694 (Mar. 2015 ) + 2.599 (Jun. 2015 ) + 1.532 (Sep. 2015 ) = $9.5 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Vivus Annual Data
|Research & Development||17.0||13.3||26.7||77.0||70.9||40.0||24.6||32.1||29.7||13.8|
Vivus Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||9.2||8.4||5.0||4.4||4.1||2.6||2.7||2.7||2.6||1.5|