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VIVUS Announces Avanafil Partnership With Menarini

VIVUS is currently in discussions with potential partners to commercialize STENDRA in the U.S. and other territories throughout the world.

Currently, it is recommended that STENDRA should be taken approximately 30 minutes before sexual activity. STENDRA should not be taken more than once per day. For more information about STENDRA, please visit www.Stendra.com .

About VIVUS

VIVUS is a biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes and sexual health. For more information about the company, please visit www.vivus.com .

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including risks and uncertainties related the launch and commercialization of SPEDRA in the EU, Australia and New Zealand. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in these forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. Investors should read the risk factors set forth in VIVUS's Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2012, as amended by the Form 10-K/A filed on April 30, 2013 and by the Form 10-K/A filed on June 12, 2013, and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. VIVUS does not undertake an obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

About the MENARINI GROUP

Menarini is an international pharmaceutical company with over 16,000 employees worldwide and a presence in more than 100 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, and has a 2012 turnover of more than €3.2 billion ($4.2 billion). Research and internationalization represent the main areas of strategic development for its future. The Group has 14 manufacturing sites located in Italy and abroad where over 545 million packages/year are produced and distributed throughout the five continents; thus, allowing Menarini to contribute to the health of patients all over the world with its high quality standards.

CONTACT: VIVUS, Inc.
         Timothy E. Morris
         Chief Financial Officer
         morris@vivus.com
         650-934-5200
         
         Investor Relations:  The Trout Group
         Brian Korb
         bkorb@troutgroup.com
         646-378-2923
         
         Menarini GROUP
         Valeria Speroni Cardi
         Head of Press office
         pressoffice@menarini.com

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