Why Is ObsEva (OBSV) Stock Down 70% Today?

  • ObsEva (OBSV) put out a corporate update today, which revealed issues with a new drug application and a corporate restructuring.
  • Reportedly, ObsEva may not be able to resolve its review issues with the FDA concerning menstrual bleeding treatment linzagolix by the company's target date.
  • OBSV stock plunged 70% on very heavy trading volume today upon this announcement.
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Biopharmaceutical company ObsEva (NASDAQ:OBSV) is trending today, but not necessarily in a good way. The company issued a corporate update press release early this morning. It seems that ObsEva is having review issues with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning its menstrual bleeding treatment, linzagolix. ObsEva doesn’t appear confident in its ability to resolve those issues by the company’s target date. The market’s response has been overwhelming negative as OBSV stock plummeted 70% on unusually heavy trading volume today.

Suffice it to say that biotech stock trading can be exhilarating or devastating, depending on the latest news developments. Today would definitely fall into the “devastating” category for ObsEva’s investors. The company, which develops novel therapies to improve women’s reproductive health, is evidently planning to initiate a corporate restructuring, and refocus its development and commercialization strategy.

Sometimes strategy changes can be a positive event, but this doesn’t seem to be the case with ObsEva today. Reportedly, the FDA notified ObsEva of “review issues regarding deficiencies in the New Drug Application (NDA) for linzagolix for uterine fibroids.” Due to these review issues, ObsEva cannot discuss labeling and post-marketing commitments for the time being.

OBSV Stock Is in Freefall

This story is ongoing, and might still have a happy ending for ObsEva. The company is in discussions with the FDA, and this includes the submission of documentation. Apparently, there’s also a plan in the works for ObsEva to provide additional data to the FDA addressing the issues/deficiencies.

Don’t expect this to happen in the very near future, though. ObsEva acknowledged that the “resolution of the identified review issues may not be feasible” by Sept. 13, 2022, the “target action date under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA).”

Plus, there are other developments to consider. ObsEva’s board of directors decided to terminate ObsEva’s license agreement with Kissei Pharmaceutical (OTCMKTS:KSPHF) for linzagolix. Furthermore, ObsEva has planned a corporate restructuring, and applied to the Swiss court for a moratorium to “facilitate” this restructuring.

Overall, stock traders didn’t take a positive view of ObsEva’s press release. By 11:30 a.m. Eastern, OBSV stock was down a whopping 70% and the trading volume on the stock was 20 times its average for an entire day.

It will be interesting to see whether ObsEva can work out its issues with the FDA concerning linzagolix. Today, however, the issues linger and clearly, some investors aren’t willing to wait for a resolution.

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