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Doctors Wary of New Weight-Loss Drugs

By    |   Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:59 PM

Doctors and patients alike are steering clear of a new generation of weight-loss medications that suppress patients’ appetites and make them feel full because of safety issues with past diet drugs, the Wall Street Journal reports. 
The latest diet pill, Saxenda, from Novo Nordisk A/S, was approved by U.S. regulators late last year and is expected to soon take its place alongside new appetite-suppressing prescription drugs such as Qsymia, Belviq and Contrave.
But sales of the drugs have been slower than expected.
One possible reason, experts say: Past diet pills have had serious side effects and restrictions on their use. Even though doctors say the new drugs are generally safe, they are not rushing to prescribe them to help people lose weight.
“Healthcare practitioners are still a little wary of weight-loss medications because of this sort of checkered past,” said Thomas Wadden, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Doctors and patients are steering clear of new weight-loss medications that suppress patients' appetites and make them feel full because of safety issues with past diet drugs.
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 04:59 PM
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