Arena's Belviq 1st Obesity Drug To Get FDA's Nod Since 1999

Law360, New York (June 27, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave its blessing to Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s weight-loss treatment Belviq, the first such approval in more than a decade and a potential milestone in the nation’s obesity epidemic.

The agency’s action came after years of trouble for diet drugs, which had their reputations tarnished by heart problems associated with fen-phen. The last obesity drug endorsed by the FDA was Roche Holding AG's Xenical, and since it won agency backing in 1999, American waistlines have grown consistently larger....
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