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Weight Loss Drugs

New Weight Loss Drugs: More Harm Than Good

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

With obesity being viewed as more of a "disease" than as the result of how we treat our bodies, it's tempting to reach for a pill to cure the problem. But, as with fad diets and quick weight-loss fixes, Qsymia and Belviq are not the answer we've been looking for.

Calling Obesity a Disease: Is This About Health or Is It About Money?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

We have an obesity epidemic that is out of control because of something that has changed in the last 50 years of our eons of evolution -- recent changes in our culture and behavior. Drugs and surgery won't change that.

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"

What Is Belviq, the New Weight Loss Drug?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

Belviq is a new weight loss drug that just became available by prescription this past week, one of only two new weight loss drugs approved by the FDA in the last 13 years.

Can You Caffeinate Yourself to a Lower Weight?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Does it or doesn't it? The controversy over caffeine's role in weight loss has been going on for more than a decade. So many studies have appeared, with evidence on both sides of this issue, you can toss a coin while you are waiting for your caffeinated or decaffeinated latte to be made.

3 Weight Loss Drugs Make Second Bid For Approval

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 02.27.2012 | Healthy Living

-- The Food and Drug Administration has rejected three prescription diet pills in the last three years, raising questions of whether any weight loss ...

Is 'Brown Fat' The Next Big Thing In Weight Control?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

By all means, stay tuned to the smoke signals about brown fat. But I urge you to keep other irons in the fire.

10 FDA Drug FAILS

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has drawn praise and criticism for it's cautious oversight of pharmaceuticals. With that in mind, here is a lis...

Questioning Weight Loss Drugs

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

The FDA has formally denied approval for the weight loss drug, Contrave. Is this good, or bad for efforts to turn the tide of epidemic obesity?

Hot Weight Loss Drug Rejected By FDA

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DIET DRUG REJECTED: The Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve an experimental weight loss drug called Contrave, a surprising rejection ...

FDA Cracks Down On Weight Loss Drugs, Body Building And Sexual Enhancement Supplements

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on manufacturers of certain weight loss, body building and sexual enhancement sup...

Weight Loss Drugs: 'First Responders' In A Diet Program

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

By immediately decreasing food intake, the drug gives the dieter the sense that they are finally in control of their eating.

Weight Loss and Wonder Drugs: Something Is Fishy

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Although the problem weight control drugs try to fix -- a body turning surplus calories into an energy reserve -- is normal, they may prove to be elusive not just now, but forever.

Weight Loss Drug Faces Safety Questions

AP | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — Vivus Inc.'s potential weight loss drug Qnexa will likely draw scrutiny over nervous system and psychiatric side effects from a panel...

FDA To Review First Of 3 New Weight Loss Drugs

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Dieters, doctors and investors get their first extensive look at the first of a trio of new weight loss drugs this week. The hope i...