Weight Manager

January 1998 Issue

FDA Clears Diet Drug, But Safety an Issue

The dust had barely settled from the sudden demise of two popular diet drugs. Redux (dexfenfluramine) anti Pondimin (fenfluramine, of "fen-phen" fame). when in late November the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved yet another diet drug. The new prescription drug, sibutramine, will soon be sold tinder the brand name Meridian It is intended as were the others. for the management of severe obesity-20% to 30% above a healthy weight-not for dropping a

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