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FDA Greenlights 2nd Weight-Loss Drug

Qsymia the more effective of the pair in clinical trials

(Newser) - After 13 years without approving a new weight-loss drug, the FDA has now approved two within three weeks. After June's approval of Belviq , the FDA yesterday approved Qsymia, which used to be called Qnexa ; both drugs had previously been rejected. In studies, Qsymia resulted in the greater weight loss:... More »

Why I'm Wary of the New Weight-Loss Drug Belviq

Lindsay Beyerstein fears it's being viewed as the next fen-phen

(Newser) - The FDA has green-lighted the first new prescription weight-loss drug in 13 years—and Lindsay Beyerstein isn't exactly tossing confetti into the air at the news. Writing for Slate , she asserts that Belviq is no wonder drug: In trials, patients lost about 3% of their initial body weight, which... More »

FDA OKs First Diet Pill in 13 Years

Arena's Belviq is intended for the obese

(Newser) - For the first time in 13 years, the FDA has approved an anti-obesity pill. The medication, called Belviq, targets a section of the brain responsible for regulating hunger, reports Bloomberg . Sales could hit $2 billion in 2020, predicts an analyst. “Two-thirds of the people in this country are overweight... More »

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