February 25, 2012

Side Effects, Shmide Effects

1 FDA Urged to Approve Diet Pill Qnexa

On a 20-2 vote, a panel of health experts has recommended that the FDA approve production of the prescription weight-loss drug Qnexa, which the agency previously rejected due to safety issues. Qnexa, which would be the first anti-obesity drug to receive FDA approval in 13 years, has been linked to increased heart rate, memory loss, and birth defects in clinical trials, but patients have lost at least 10 percent of their weight after a year of taking it. Because the potential market for an effective diet pill would be huge, and because two previously-licensed weight-loss drugs -- "fen-phen" and Meridia -- had to be pulled from the market due to resulting heart problems, the FDA is especially stringent with approvals for such medications. A decision either way is due by April 17.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Health News About Diet Pills

Tags: Qnexa, Vivus Inc.

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