Lunesta Wakes Up Sepracor

Third-quarter revenue is better than expected.
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Drug developer

Sepracor

(SEPR)

swung to a profit in the third quarter thanks to strong sales of its asthma drug Xopenex and its sleep aid Lunesta.

Shares were up 5% to $51.76 Thursday.

Sepracor's revenue of $289.3 million in the third quarter exceeded the $274.9 million expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call. Pharmaceutical product sales were $280.1 million, of which $138.5 million were from Xopenex and $141.6 million were from Lunesta.

Revenue also included $8.3 million due to changes in rebates from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sepracor earned $64.4 million, or 56 cents a share, in the third quarter, including costs of $10.5 million, or 9 cents a share, for stock-based compensation. The company lost $2.5 million, or 2 cents a share, on revenue of $205.7 million in the year-ago period.

Included in the 2005 third quarter is a gain of $18.3 million, or 17 cents a share, on the sale of Vicuron stock as a result of

Pfizer's

(PFE) - Get Report

acquisition of the drug developer.