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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical’s anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the US market in more than a decade.

The agency cleared the pill for adults who are obese or are overweight with at least one medical complication, such as diabetes or high cholesterol.

The Food and Drug Administration denied approval for Arena’s drug in 2010 after scientists raised concerns about tumors that developed in animals studied with the drug. The San Diego company resubmitted the drug with additional data earlier this year, and the FDA said there was little risk of tumors in humans.

With US obesity rates nearing 35 percent of the adult population, many doctors have called on the FDA to approve new weight loss treatments.

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6/27/2012 1:17:15 PM (GMT -4:00)

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5 Comments on "FDA approves first new weight loss pill in decade"

2015 years 9 months ago

get your fat butt off the couch, go for a walk, quit eating junk food…and voila’…weight loss. But no…it’s far too easy to take a pill.

2015 years 9 months ago

When will it be available to the public?

2015 years 9 months ago

A weightloss pill should be the absolute last resort. I was obese 10yrs ago w/ high blood pressure. I took no drugs, prescription/otc, I completely changed what I was eating, starting exercising, left my sorry boyfriend & got serious about my physical, mental & spiritual health while working w/ my doctor. I’m 20lbs from my goal weight. I knew this was going to be life changing so unlike some folks I did it the hard way & it’s working. I haven’t taken any type of meds in 15yrs, I refuse pills. Drug cos. would go out of business if there were more people who refused meds & decided to take care of their bodies instead of suffering from side effects of pills. My doctor has told me she hopes she’s as healthy as I am when she’s 50. I advised her to be happy with herself no matter what & stay away from drugs.

2015 years 9 months ago

Great job stick with it.

2015 years 9 months ago

Great- Can’t wait for all the tv ads- “If you had a headache while taking this medicine- you can be compensated”!


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