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“a successful weight loss drug could potentially have huge sales”

Wow, so many people want to lose weight! Wouldn’t a weight loss drug make piles of money?  Check out this business article on the new drug the FDA approved!

In a clinical trial involving patients without diabetes, those who took Contrave had an average weight loss of 4.1 percent beyond those receiving a placebo. About 42 percent of those getting Contrave lost at least 5 percent of their weight compared with 17 percent of patients in the placebo group.

So…if a hundred women who weighed 200lbs combined Contrave with diet & exercise, 42 would lose at least 10lbs!!!  Without it, only 17 of the hundred women would lose at least 10lbs.  Wow, is that a guaranteed success in the making or what?  

Oh, and from another article,

In people with diabetes evaluated in a second trial, those patients lost an average of 2 percent more weight compared to the placebo.

2%!!!! Wow, that is definitely worth adding another medication, don’t you think?


Yes, at this point, I may be abusing sarcasm. I also think the FDA measurement of “successful weight loss” for diet drugs needs to be better known.  Like the NIH expectations of weight loss, the FDA’s expectations are for a much more modest weight loss than is commonly expected or promoted in the press as possible.

3 responses to ““a successful weight loss drug could potentially have huge sales””

  1. Wait, their standard for success is less than is likely for statistical variation? *facepalm*

  2. I read the article and the incredibly nasty side effects to lose 2%. Ugh. Yet marketers and doctors and society will convince people that they need…want…this pill to make their health, their lives better. Forget the seizures and risk of death. Ugh. Ugh.

  3. You know, most people believe that putting up with: anal leakage, heart arrhythmia, increased risk of certain cancers, severe dry mouth, and other horrible side effects of these drugs will at least lead to more than a 25% chance of losing an extra two or three pounds over the course of twelve months.

    Then again, most of them don’t really pay much attention to the list of potential side effects, anyway. They’re too busy dreaming of the life they will lead when they lose fifty or a hundred pounds in twelve weeks on this miracle drug and magically become perfectly healthy and immortal.

    After all, that’s what the commercials promise.

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