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WPXI-TV: Weight-loss drug success story

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

A new drug still waiting FDA approval could provide relief for many who struggle to lose weight.

The drug is called Contrave. It is a combination of two existing drugs: Wellbutrin and Naltrexone. The combination targets the brain in the area that controls appetite and metabolism.

A clinical study of 700 people showed Contrave worked for more than half of the participants, losing 17 pounds each in just one year.

Some local doctors are skeptical. “No question we have an epidemic in this country of obesity. I don’t think it’s the magic bullet though,” said Dr. Mark Itskowitz of Allegheny General Hospital.

To read more, visit the WPXI-TV web site.

 

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