Belviq Hits Market: Diet Pills Then and Now
With more than 36 percent of American adults now classified as obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the numbers still climbing, doctors are clamoring for more pharmaceuticals to treat their patients. Last year, the Federal Drug Administration obliged by approving
Living With Lou Gehrig's Disease, Blocked From Drug Trials
By Catherine G. Wolf: I am in my seventeenth year with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — more than half of my younger daughter’s life. I am a quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. I’m one of the 10 percent who...
Wary Doctors Put the 'Wait' in Weight Loss Drugs
After a 13-year dry spell, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two new drugs promising weight loss in a pill . But will you be able to get a prescription for them? The answer may depend on which doctor you see. "I'll probably take a wait-and-see attitude myself," said Greg Anderson,
FDA Approves Weight Loss Drug Qnexa
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the diet drug Qnexa, the agency's latest move to give doctors and their patients more tools to fight excessive weight gain as obesity rates continue to bulge in the U.S. and around the world. An advisory panel voted 20 to two to approve the drug in
FDA Panel Gives Nod to New Diet Drug Lorqess
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- An FDA advisory committee has voted 18-4, with one abstention, in favor of approving Lorqess as the first new weight-loss drug in more than a decade. The FDA's Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee on Thursday afternoon voted that the benefits of Lorqess
Migraine Headaches: New Guidelines Focus on Prevention
From prescription pills to poisonous plants, plenty of treatments can help prevent migraines , according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology. The updated guidelines could help some of the country's 30 million "migraineurs" reduce the frequency and severity of their headaches.
The Pill-Free Headache Fix
Tension Headache This type of headache delivers a dull and typically steady pain, often across your forehead. It can be brought on by stress, which throws your brain's pain processors out of whack. Studies find that relaxation techniques can reduce headache frequency by 50 percent or more. 52 Ways
Qnexa Ruling Renews Debate About Its Risks and Benefits
The decision by a federal advisory panel to recommend Qnexa for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is drawing praise and criticism from obesity and diet experts, reflecting a still-hot debate on the need for additional tools to treat obesity. The 20 to 2 decision recommending
FDA to Reconsider Once-Rejected Diet Drug
In the search for treatments to fight obesity, regulators have turned their attention to a diet drug that has already failed to receive government approval as a weight-loss treatment. Next week, a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider whether to...
Economy Has Patients Asking Docs for Freebies
The economy is forcing some patients with pricey prescriptions to skip doses, cut pills in half or even stop taking potentially life-saving medications. But many are asking their doctors for help in the form of handouts -- free samples of expensive drugs from the pharmaceutical companies that make