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FDA Declines to Approve Orexigen Diet Drug

Health & Wellness  (tags: Orexigen diet drug, FDA, health, medication )

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The government on Tuesday unexpectedly rejected what appeared to be the most promising candidate among a class of new diet drugs, wiping out hopes for a new medication to fight obesity anytime soon.

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Sharon Balloch (127)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 2:36 am
Guess then they did not have any shares in this drug... or no stock in the company. thanks

Carol H (229)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 5:31 am
thanks Anna, noted

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 5:52 am
Did the FDA say why?

Trequl M (170)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 8:27 am
Noted with thanks.

Ann L (15)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 3:51 pm
Noted. Good old FDA. Thanks

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 4:01 pm
Noted with thanks Anna. If I had a heart problem I probably would not want to take this drug. Also I don't feel that diet pills are the way to go.

Jean M (3)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 4:16 pm
Oh wow! The FDA didn't approve something. What's up with that?

pam M (98)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 5:24 pm
There is no money in the cure. The medical, pharmaceutical, and funeral companies would suffer, can't have that. Docs won't be able to buy that next flashy car, or new mansion. What a racket.

Jeannette A (137)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 8:09 pm
I would much rather they didn't approve this drug than pass it through and then, in 5-10 years, say "OOPS! We need to take it off the market because of health hazards". This is exactly what happened to me. I asked my doctor about losing weight and she prescribed a weight loss drug that was all the rage and had been around for quite a while. Before I could fill the prescription, the drug was yanked off the market because of deadly heart attacks. Made me feel like I dodged a bullet and probably why they are being cautious now.

KS Goh (0)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 12:13 am
Thanks for the article.

Judy C (97)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 1:45 am
Diet drugs that have been developed and prescribed in the past have turned out to be unsafe and ineffective in the long term. Remember the Fen-Phen debacle? It looks like Jeannette above was lucky to escape primary pulmonary hypertension, or some other adverse health effect tthat has been linked with these drugs..

Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:23 am

Annick Letourneau (67)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 5:06 am
Thanks x

Charla D (67)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 7:46 am
I wouldn't encourage anyone to take a weight loss pill of any kind, whether FDA approved or not. Losing excess pounds and achieving a healthy weight requires permanent lifestyle changes surrounding the types and quantity of foods consumed and one's exercise/activity level. There's no quick fix.

Süheyla C (234)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 11:13 am
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