Orexigen's diet pill may get FDA approval this week

June 10, 2014 12:47 PM

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Orexigen's diet pill may get FDA approval this week

The drugs are recommended for use in addition to improved diet and exercise. Qsymia, a combination of two approved drugs—the weight loss medicine phentermine and migraine treatment Topamax—helped 62 percent of patients on the recommended dose lose at least 5 percent of their body weight, compared with about 20 percent on placebo in trials.

About 47 percent of patients without Type 2 diabetes taking Belviq lost at least 5 percent of their body weight, compared with about 23 percent on placebo (the numbers were 38 percent on Belviq versus 16 percent on placebo for those with type 2 diabetes).

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