Posted: Feb 22, 2012 4:35 PM by Ariel Wesler
Updated: Feb 23, 2012 8:17 AM
A major breakthrough for the doctor from Los Osos who's been trying for years to get the drug he created on the market. An advisory panel to the FDA gave the weight loss drug Qnexa the green light Wednesday.
The panel showed overwhelming support for the drug by a vote of 20-2. Keep in mind, back in 2010, the FDA rejected it because of possible links to health problems and birth defects.
Qnexa was developed by Doctor Thomas Najarian of Los Osos and manufactured by the company "Vivus". Panelists say they were impressed by its results. Most patients reported nearly 10 percent weight loss. The group still plans to do additional testing on the drug, particularly to study its effects on the heart.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. If ultimately approved, Qnexa would be the first prescription weight loss pill approved in more than a decade.
The FDA's decision is expected in April.
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