Posted on June 29, 2012 by admin
Modern pharmaceuticals for weight management are subjected to rigorous safety and efficacy testing prior to approval in the USA. They are then monitored ongoing for the same. They are to be used as an adjunct to health behavior change and can assist with and or improve positive outcomes. Herbal remedies on the other hand are not tested for safety or efficacy nor are they monitored by the FDA. While there are mechanisms in place to control false claims of their medicinal value; historically there has been with non-prescription “diet pills” and so forth a great deal of latitude that has created an industry that sells products of questionable to non-existent effectiveness and safety to a public who is desperate for legitimate help for their weight. The recent FDA approval of a safe and effective prescription medication, and the hope that there are several more in the pipeline, is a much needed addition to our arsenal in the fight against obesity and in our fight against the fad diet industry who benefits from the lack of availability of REAL medications for obesity. Lets hope the realistic appraisal of the next generation of obesity medications by the FDA continues!
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