“NEW DIET DRUG HELPS PATIENTS LOSE ABOUT 10% OF WEIGHT”
USAToday reports on the FDA’s recent approval of QYSMIA to combat obesity. The video above highlights the claimed benefits of the newest “weight-loss” pill that will soon be available to millions combating obesity. It was previously known as QNEXA and did not gain FDA approval under that name when originally considered. At the time, experts were concerned over added risks associated with heart rates. QYSMIA is intended for individuals that are obese, or 30 pounds over their target weight.
Health experts are already cautioning that the pills will not be a ‘magic pill’ that produces results. Rather, as W. Timothy Garvy, Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is quoted as stating, in USAToday:”This is not a magic pill. Patients can’t take it and think that’s all they have to do. It needs to be used with a lifestyle modification program”.
Public Citizen’s Sidney Wolfe has already been outspoken about the newly approved pill and is quoted as stating that it was “reckless” of the FDA to approve it because research has demonstrated it increases heart rate and at least 4 patients taking the pill had non-fatal heart attacks during the research phase.
USAToday reports that post-market surveillance on cardiovascular outcomes is planned but that results will not breadh for 4-5 years. QSYMIA is expected on shelves by the end of 2012.