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Eisai Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals Announce FDA Approval of Belviq XR (lorcaserin HCl) Extended-Release Tablets

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Eisai Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the New Drug Application (NDA) for Belviq XR (lorcaserin HCl) CIV extended-release 20 mg tablets. The new formulation of lorcaserin will offer patients a once-a-day dosing option that may help them achieve and maintain weight loss. Belviq XR is expected to be available in the fall of 2016. In connection with the approval, Arena will receive a $10 million milestone payment. Belviq XR is proven to be slowly absorbed in the body and lasts throughout the day. Both the original 10 mg twice-daily formulation of Belviq and newly-approved 20 mg once-daily extended release formulation are approved for use with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in ... Read more

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5 Diet Drugs: Which Ones Work?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Any of the prescription weight-loss drugs on the market can help obese people shed pounds, although some seem more effective than others, a new study finds. Currently, five drugs are approved in the United States for managing obesity. But little has been known about how they stack up against one another, said Dr. Siddharth Singh, the lead researcher on the new study. The findings – based on more than 29,000 people in total – show all five drugs can work. But people on certain drugs tended to be more successful, at least over one year. Specifically, people using Qsymia (phentermine-topiramate) or Victoza (liraglutide) had the highest odds of shedding at least 5 percent of their initial weight. Those taking Xenical (orlistat) had the lowest odds. However, there is no single drug that's "best" for everyone, stressed Singh, an assistant clinical professor at the ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Wellbutrin, Phentermine, Bupropion, Weight Loss, Contrave, Belviq, Wellbutrin XL, Victoza, Adipex-P, Wellbutrin SR, Qsymia, Xenical, Naltrexone, Orlistat, Alli, Saxenda, Zyban, Vivitrol, Liraglutide

Majority of Americans Wants Medicare to Cover Obesity Treatments

Posted 22 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 – Most Americans believe Medicare should cover approved medicines to treat obesity, a new survey shows. "Public policy and society seldom associate obesity with advanced age," James Appleby, chief executive officer of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), said in a news release from the organization. "But recent research has shown that, for those who are over 65 and significantly overweight, the risk of mortality is far greater that it is for younger individuals with excessive body weight. The preponderance of evidence is clear: Obesity at an older age carries with it a plethora of health problems like diabetes and heart disease and the likelihood of premature death," Appleby said. More than two years ago, the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease. The GSA online poll of more than 1,000 people 18 and older found that 71 percent believe ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Phentermine, Contrave, Belviq, Adipex-P, Qsymia, Xenical, Orlistat, Alli, Saxenda, Fastin, Phentermine/topiramate, Lorcaserin, Ionamin, T-Diet, Bupropion/naltrexone, Suprenza, Zantryl, Pro-Fast HS, Pro-Fast SR

Charges Filed Against Makers of Nutritional Supplements

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – Criminal charges and civil injunctions have been filed against 117 makers and/or distributors of potentially dangerous dietary supplements, U.S. government agencies announced Tuesday. One of the targets of the investigation – conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies – was USPlabs LLC of Dallas, which sold popular workout and weight loss supplements. The government says USPlabs and its executives claimed to use natural plant extracts in products called Jack3d and OxyElite Pro. However, they actually used a synthetic stimulant made in a Chinese chemical factory and knew of studies that linked these products to liver toxicity, the government said. In October 2013, USPlabs said it would stop distribution of OxyElite Pro because it had been linked to an outbreak of liver damage. However, the company ... Read more

Related support groups: Belviq, Dietary Supplementation, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Liver Cirrhosis, Poisoning, Meridia, Sibutramine, Organ Transplant, Liver and Pancreatic Disease, Lorcaserin, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Dietary Fiber Supplementation

Experts See Place for Weight-Loss Drugs in Obesity Treatment

Posted 20 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 – A healthy diet and exercise should be the main tools obese people use to lose weight, but prescription weight-loss drugs may have a place, too, according to new guidelines from the Endocrine Society. "Lifestyle changes should always be a central part of any weight loss strategy," Dr. Caroline Apovian, chair of the guidelines task force, said in a society news release. She is director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. The guidelines say that other methods, such as weight-loss drugs and weight-loss surgery, can be combined with lifestyle changes. "Medications do not work by themselves, but they can help people maintain a healthy diet by reducing the appetite. Adding a medication to a lifestyle modification program is likely to result in greater weight loss," said Apovian, who is also professor of medicine and pediatrics at ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Contrave, Belviq, Victoza, Qsymia, Saxenda, Liraglutide, Phentermine/topiramate, Lorcaserin, Bupropion/naltrexone

Belviq Launched by Arena Pharmaceuticals in the Battle Against Obesity

Posted 12 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

Arena Pharmaceuticals has announced the U.S. launch of the chronic weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin). Belviq will be available to patients by prescription in U.S. pharmacies beginning June 11. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Belviq on June 27, 2012; at that time it was the first weight-loss drug to be approved in 13 years. Eisai Inc. will head up the marketing and distribution of Belviq under an agreement with Arena. In connection with the US launch of Belviq, Arena has achieved a $65 million milestone from Eisai. Extensions could lengthen the patent term of Belviq into 2026. Belviq (lorcaserin) is a serotonin 2C receptor agonist that works on a brain receptor to help people feel full after eating less. Belviq, like all weight-loss drugs, should be used as a component of a long-term treatment plan that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. The drug is ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Belviq, Lorcaserin

Two New Weight-Loss Drugs Won't Reverse U.S. Obesity Crisis

Posted 19 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of two new weight-loss drugs within the past month – the first such medications in 13 years – won't be a panacea for America's obesity epidemic, health professionals say. And as the FDA's drug regulators reiterated when approving the two drugs, Qysmia and Belviq, no weight-loss medication should be used without also making lifestyle changes to facilitate weight loss. "The bottom line is there's no such thing as a magic pill and I hope that individuals do not think by taking this pill that it will ensure long-term weight loss," said Keri Gans, a registered dietitian in New York City. "We need to be reminded that diet and exercise are still critical." Qysmia, formerly called Qnexa, was approved on Tuesday and is a combination of the weight-loss drug phentermine (brand name Adipex-P, among others) and the anti-seizure ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Phentermine, Topamax, Belviq, Adipex-P, Topiramate, Fastin, Phentermine/topiramate, Lorcaserin, Ionamin, T-Diet, Topamax Sprinkle, Suprenza, Zantryl, Pro-Fast SA, Obephen, Oby-Trim, Obenix, Teramine ER, Phentercot

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