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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. 2014 was $2.57 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $16.08 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Vivus Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 4.994 (Dec. 2013 ) + 4.423 (Mar. 2014 ) + 4.086 (Jun. 2014 ) + 2.574 (Sep. 2014 ) = $16.08 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||18.68||17.01||13.32||26.68||77.00||71.08||39.97||24.60||32.07||29.68|
Vivus Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||8.87||9.30||7.76||7.05||9.23||8.41||4.99||4.42||4.09||2.57|