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FDA Approves New Diet Drug Lorcaserin

The drug is an appetite suppressant that backers hope will address the country's obesity problem.

 

For the first time in 13 years those struggling with obesity have a new weight loss drug option that could help them.

The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the weight-loss drug lorcaserin, the first prescription anti-obesity medication to win the FDA’s backing since 1999, according to the Hartford Courant.

The drug must still be approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration before it can be marketed and is specifically intended for the medically obese, defined as those with a body mass index higher than 30 or those with illnesses related to being overweight, including elevated blood pressure, cholesterol or Type 2 diabetes.

The drug is an appetite suppressant that tells the brain you’re full even when you’re not.

With obesity now ranking as one of the top health issues in this country - 1 in 3 American adults are considered obese - some are heralding the drug as an important step toward addressing what could become a national crisis. Others, however, have questioned whether lorcaserin could damage heart valves in some patients or promote brain and breast tumors.

Andrew Ziemba June 29, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Unless you have type 2 Diabetes, and even if you have type 1, then I suppose you would be classified as someone who has been falsely led to believe that there is no cure for diabetes. Now sure, it is certainly easier to pop a pill, get a shot, or take your insulin, than to work very hard to heal yourself...but there are cures to most of the worst health disorders and diseases that face our country. Unfortunately the truth is silenced by the mainstream media and if you actually want to put in the time and effort it takes to learn how to help yourself, it takes a lot of digging and it also takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Many would rather as I said, pop a pill, take a shot, or take their insulin, than go through the painstaking efforts to cure them. I know of many people like this. They are set in their ways and are absolutely 100% too unmotivated to do anything about it. I would suggest that you watch the documentary "The Beautiful Truth" in its entirety. Here is a trailer to it for you. It's in your hands now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZmV8b1wr10
Marty Salvatore June 29, 2012 at 04:27 AM
That is just... I mean... WHAT?! I am a type 1 diabetic. My body DOES NOT produce insulin. There is no amount of "hard work" or "dedication" that will make my pancreas suddenly start to function. For you to suggest otherwise is absurd. Plainly. Absurd. The movie you link to doesn't even suggest that! I wonder what your hero, DOCTOR Paul, would have to say about that. Nitwit.
Andrew Ziemba June 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM
That's a shame that you have to be so negative. To lose all hope and accept the fact that there i nothing at all that you can do to help yourself is quite a negative and defeatist attitude. It's not surprising or unexpected as I said, for people who are up against it all to feel hopeless. I don't blame you one bit. My point is, you are not being told the whole story, but rather you are being lied to by the FDA, lied to by doctors, lied to by the media, and lied to by the government. Dr Paul believes as I do, that most Americans are misled about their healthcare and treatment options. He believes in an open, competitive marketplace where there are the most amount of treatment options and the most amount of freedom of choice as to where, when, and how they are treated for everything. Ron Paul believes that the FDA should be abolished as well as almost all federal agencies. As I said though, its much easier to deny that there is anything you can do to cure yourself, and rather to attack anyone who tells you that there is. It is still easier to jab yourself with needles than to do something life changing and drastic like the Gerson Therapy, or any off shoot of it. I would also suggest that you are not so quick to criticize something that you don't know anything about.
Catherine & Dennis June 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I too (Catherine) am an insulin dependent diabetic and have an insulin pump. Untreated or undiagnosed, or self diagnosed/treatment of diabetes can cause dire problems to include death. I think it is very dangerous for anyone to watch a movie or read a book and handle their own medical issues. To be sure doctors are people too and there are good ones and bad ones -it is always a good idea to stay informed and even question treatment but I worry about As Seen On TV type medical cures and how many people may suffer due to trying it. Folks -we do not yet have the scientific abilities to eat a magical pill and grow a working pancreas yet. Be responsible with your health, see a doctor in person. If you do not like him/her get another opinion. But watch out for cure peddlers-if it really worked we wouldnt have millions and millions of diabetics, Dr Paul would be the richest man on the planet.
Spiff June 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if Obama amends Obamacare and requires all fat people to start taking this drug! It'll help to reduce healthcare costs, right?

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