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The New Obesity Drugs: an Rx for Weight Loss?

U.S. News

September 1, 2015

U.S. News - People who need to lose a significant amount of weight – and there are a lot of them – finally have more medical options. After a string of disappointments, the Food and Drug Administration has lately approved four drugs that can aid in weight loss when used alongside diet and exercise. The drugs can't melt away the fat while you sit on the sofa for a Netflix marathon, but they can help kick-start the lifestyle habits crucial to dropping pounds.

So obesity specialists were ecstatic when the FDA gave the OK, in rapid succession, to Belviq and Qsymia in 2012. Then came Contrave last September. Those three drugs, in pill form, were followed by the injectable Saxenda, approved last December. "Having four more options is a wonderful start," says Martin Binks, secretary/treasurer of The Obesity Society and an associate professor of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. All are intended for use in the obese – people with a BMI of 30 (say, 203 pounds at 5'9") or more – or in a subset of overweight people who also have a problem such as or high blood pressure.

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