Weight-Loss Drug Qsymia Hits the Market

The first new prescription weight-loss drug in over a decade is available for purchase.
3:00 | 09/18/12

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Now, to new hope this morning for millions of americans struggling with obesity. The first prescription weight loss drug to hit the market in more than a decade is out today. And abc's sharyn alfonsi is here with more. This is a huge business. 40 billion a year. A huge business. We're going to be hearing a lot about this. It's called qsymia. It's available today. In clinical trials it helped users drop 10% of their body weight. It could be an effective tool to fight obesity. But they warn, it's not for everyone. Qsymia, the new weight loss drug in 13 years and available by prescription today. It's a combination of two medications that have long been used in weight management. One an appetite suppressant. The other, reducing cravings for food. When you add the two together, you get good weight loss. Reporter: It worked for gwendolyn barton, who tried just about everything to lose those extra pounds. I've done diet. I've done exercise. I've done weight watchers. And none of it has ever helped me. Reporter: That is, until she tried qsymia. In one year, as part of a clinical trial, she dropped 50 pounds. I went from a size 14 into a size 6. It made me feel great. Reporter: Prescription diet drugs have a troubled past. Meridia was withdrawn in 2010. And then, flueramine. Patients lost 10% of their body weight while on the medication. But it isn't just as easy as popping a pill. The drug has to be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. For gwendolyn, it all paid off. My blood pressure started to go down. I felt much better. I was able to do things with my grandkids. Go to the park. Just have fun.

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