Not that we’re really shocked, but yet another diet drug has been rejected by the Food and Drug Administration. This time, the drug was Contrave and U.S. health officials have requested a clinical trial to resolve heart safety concerns, according to a recent article from Reuters. This pill looked like it was going to be the first new diet pill in a decade.
Orexigen’s Contrave was one of three obesity drugs under review after an FDA advisory panel had voted to recommend Contrave’s approval back in December. However, there is a potential heart risk when used long-term by overweight and obese subjects, which concerned the FDA.
The drug manufacturer, Orexigen, has been told that they must conduct a study “of sufficient size and duration” to address the cardiovascular risks.
In company studies, at least 35 percent of patients lost 5 percent or more of their body weight. The research also showed a slight rise in blood pressure and pulse rates with Contrave versus a placebo. This is what led to the FDA’s decision to reject the pill for the time being and require a more long-term study of the weight loss drug’s side effects.
This is the third weight loss drug to be rejected by the FDA over the past six months, which should be a strong indication of their risky side effects. There are obviously safer ways to lose weight. The best and most simple way to lose weight remains consistent: healthy diet in combination with regular exercise. It doesn’t need to be complicated! Pills for weight loss are a very drastic way to combat obesity and side effects are always a possibility, when compared with making simple changes to your lifestyle.
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What are your thoughts on this newest diet pill rejection? Do you feel that a weight loss drug is a healthy option to lose weight?