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New Weight Control Drug Leaps First FDA Hurdle

July 21, 2009: 09:31 AM EST
A new diet pill that works by suppressing food cravings in the brain has cleared the first FDA approval hurdle by proving to be effective in a clinical trial involving nearly 3,000 people. The drug also needs to be proven safe to win full FDA clearance. Trial participants who took Contrave from Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. for a year lost an average of 17 pounds, eight times the loss experienced by those who took a placebo. While some experts said controlling cravings at the brain level is the wave of the future, others felt it is the wrong way to control weight.
LAUREN COX, "New Diet Drug Attacks Craving Center", ABC News Medical Unit, July 21, 2009, © ABC News Internet Ventures
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