After two other weight loss drugs were rejected by the Food and Drug Administration this past month, a new diet pill makes it through the first round, according to an article written by Andrew Pollack of The New York Times.
After a recommended approval by an F.D.A. panel, this may be the release of the first new prescription diet pill in more than a decade. The vote was 13 to 7 that the benefits outweighed the risks of the drug, which is called Contrave. The pill was developed by Orexigen Therapeutics.
The main concern for the committee was that the drug, while having only modest effectiveness in helping people lose weight, also caused a slight increase in blood pressure and pulse rate. That in turn could lead to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, however, the trials conducted by Orexigen were too small and too short to determine that.
There are plans to do a more in-depth study looking specifically at risk of heart attacks, but the advisory committee voted 11 to 8 that the study can be done after the drug was approved.
A final decision on approval will most likely be made by the end of January.
It’s hard to agree with the panel’s approval, considering that the pill doesn’t seem to have meaningful weight loss results, nor has it been tested extensively enough. Prescription drugs should not be taken lightly and can often have very risky side effects.
There obviously needs to be more trial runs on this drug and they shouldn’t wait until after its approval. The people using the pill should not be the guinea pigs, especially if they don’t experience the weight loss results. Despite that, it’s not realistic to depend on a weight loss drug to lose weight and it’s not the natural way either.
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