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Pozen revenues drop in first quarter but still beat Wall Street estimates

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Chapel Hill drug company Pozen reported a wider net loss in the first quarter as revenues totaled $1.3 million, down from $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2011.

That beat the consensus of three Wall Street analysts who cover the company, who had forecast $1.26 million.

Pozen reported a net loss of $8.4 million, or 28 cents per share, for the quarter, compared to $5.7 million, or 19 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.

The company attributed the larger loss to lower royalty payments from its Treximet, a migraine medication sold by GlaxoSmithKline. Most of Pozen's revenue comes from Treximet and its Vimovo arthritis pain reliever, sold by AstraZeneca.

Pozen also said in a statement that it continues to be optimistic about positive test results for the easier-to-stomach aspirin that it is developing.

The experimental drug, PA32540, combines aspirin and a gastrointestinal medicine. The drug is aimed at helping to prevent heart disease and stroke in patients who are susceptible to aspirin-induced ulcers.

The Food and Drug Administration has suggested Pozen also seek approval for a lower dose of the product.

Pozen shares, which opened Tuesday at $6.66, were down about 8 percent in early trading Tuesday. The stock is up 57 percent this year.

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Business reporter David Bracken came to the N&O in 2004. He covers commercial and residential real estate. Contact David at 919-829-4548 or e-mail him.