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  • Lorcaserin (BELVIQ): Another Do Not Use Diet Drug [hide all summaries]
    (March 2017)
    Learn about the unacceptable dangers posed by lorcaserin, a diet drug that was approved by the FDA in 2012 and that has similarities to the previously banned diet drug fenfluramine.
  • When EMA and FDA Decisions Conflict: Differences in Patients or in Regulation? [hide all summaries]
    (December 2013)
    Are Americans more resistant to the risks and more likely to benefit from certain drugs than Europeans? Or is the European Medicines Agency (EMA) more resistant than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the drug industry’s desire to get approval for drugs with unique risks but without compensating benefits? This article discusses two recently FDA-approved diet drugs deemed too unsafe for Europeans.
  • Troubling New Drug Approvals in 2012 [hide all summaries]
    (March 2013)
    Find out which drugs approved in 2012 have risks greatly exceeding their benefits or no meaningful benefits. If you are using any of the DO NOT USE drugs reviewed in the article, talk to your doctor before stopping their use.
  • Diet and Exercise: Still the Best Medicine for Losing Weight or Keeping Fit [hide all summaries]
    (October 2012)
    The recent FDA approval of the first two new diet drugs in 13 years occasions our review of the safety problems of both drugs and the history of previous diet drugs, taken off the market because of serious cardiovascular dangers. Two recent well-controlled studies, one in adults and one in children, document the benefit of reasonable diet and exercise programs as the only safe and effective way to lose weight.

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