Weight Loss Drug Qsymia Approved

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the diet drug Qsymia to help give doctors and their patients more tools to fight excessive weight gain as obesity rates continue to rise in the U.S. and around the world.

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An advisory panel voted 20 to two to approve the drug in February, the first time the FDA voted to approve a weight-loss drug in more than a decade. Originally known as Qnexa, the FDA required Vivus, the manufacturer of the drug, to change its name in order to prevent its confusion with other drugs with similar-sounding names. Data presented by the company showed that it helped patients lose about 10 percent of their body weight.