The United States has approved the first major anti-obesity pill in over 10 years called Belviq. It is a long term weight loss product that is bound to cause a great deal of controversy.
It has been years since previous tries at prescription type weight loss resulted in heart attacks and other serious medical complications for the users.
It was reported that Belviq only achieved modest weight loss results during clinical trials but that seldom stops powerful lobbyists from pushing drugs through the FDA process. It is often a case of a “let’s test it on the public” mentality and that is basically what happened with proclaimed solutions like Fen-Phen and Ephedra.
It’s only after these companies make billions of dollars that the real studies are completed and unfortunately they can come too late for many.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Belviq pill will make a small fortune in record time. However, there is genuine doubt as to its effectiveness and efficacy.
There are lots of doctors that push for such prescriptions under the pretense that they need something to help their overweight patients but a large portion of them really need something to help their pockets first.
Doctors are business people and they want to make money. Does that make them all unethical? No, absolutely not. But, you can’t ignore the drive to make millions of dollars even at the dangerous expense of their clients via untested new drugs.
You would like to think that these kinds of products make it to the market based solely on great research and effectiveness in creating helpful solutions for consumers, however, it is seldom surprising when we learn later that the product is pushed forward based on connections, lobbyists, and the urge to make piles of money.
Here’s something to keep in mind as you consider asking your doctor where to get Belviq…
The FDA denied approval for Arena’s drug in 2010 after scientists raised concerns about tumors that developed in animals studied with the drug. The company resubmitted the drug with additional data earlier this year, and the FDA said there was little risk of tumors in humans.
At the moment, more than a third of the adult population in the United States is severely overweight. The question is whether or not a prescription drug is the real solution to this problem. What do you think about this new weight loss pill? Feel free to leave a comment.