New diet drug helps patients lose about 10% of weight - USA Today

New diet drug helps patients lose about 10% of weight

A new prescription diet drug OK'd Tuesday by the government is expected to help heavy patients drop about 10% of their weight — more than any other approved obesity medication.

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Qsymia will change the "landscape" for the treatment of obesity, says W. Timothy Garvey, chair of the department of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, who studied Qsymia. But he cautions, "This is not a magic pill. Patients can't take it and think that's all they have to do. It needs to be used with a lifestyle modification program."

USA Today - 7/18/2012