Thursday, 14 June 2007

3 Cheers for The FDA!



I read today's Google News with interest...


It seems after much debate and controversy surrounding the weight-loss Sanofi-Aventis drug Acomplia (Drug name: Rimonabant), now re-named Zimulti (for the American market), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has unanimously agreed to not approve the drug.

The drug's name change came about because the FDA thought the name was "potentially misleading to consumers".


Anyway, it seems the side effects of the drug far outweigh its benefits...

"I think that the reports of psychiatric adverse effects are too high and too serious" said Dominic Ciraulo, chairman of the department of psychiatry at Boston University and a member of the expert panel.

And to think they came "close to approving" it in early 2006...


You can read the rest of the news article here...


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I suppose this doesn't really apply to me, seeing that I have no intention of taking weight-loss drugs...Although yes, point-taken, I could do with a few less pounds myself (Just 3 kg's more to go!)...

The thing is, weight-loss drugs are almost always made to help the severely obese, who either because of very poor eating habits, or from genetics/health problems, end up being severely overweight...

But, many of those who end-up ingesting the drugs, are not those who actually need it...

We have more and more people suffering from eating-disorders like Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia (especially in America, the land of high-hopes), and alot of this stems from poor self-image, societal pressure, and indeed, way-too-many over-the-counter (OTC) weight-loss pills and supplements...

That is why I laud the FDA's strict decision to not approve more and more drugs for weight-loss simply because of the good it brings...I laud them weighing the good and the bad...

We don't need more people with eating disorders getting their hopes up that there is (another) solve-it-all cure, and then potentially suffering from depression and mental disorders because of that...


3 cheers for the FDA!!!



Note: Rimonabant is approved in about 30 countries around the world, including the United Kingdom...

16 comments:

Jo-D said...

This is terrible. How can the other countrys approve the drug?

Hi&Lo said...

Do you know the pharma industry has a very powerful lobby group with deep pockets in the US Senate and Congress to pass bills favourable to them?

So, this is doubly amazing of the FDA to sanction this drug from such a giant.

J.T. said...

This weight-loss thing is huge in the States. Many people look for short-cuts to get thin. They get so caught up with the no-exercise, no-diet programmes. Just pop the pill and it fixes everything. They forget the side effects those pills cause.

I am happy that FDA is being very careful with drug approvals.

stand-up philosopher said...

The flavor for today is..a quick fix. We want to achieve almost everything instantly. Weight problems, whether over or under are nutritional related, and lifestyle. Change the eating habits, change the lifestyle and drink lots and lots of water, it will have a tremendous positive effect on our health.

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Daphne,

One lady asked me how do I keep slim (2 years ago, yes I was slimmer..ha ha). I told her I eat everything but in moderation and I excercise. Yet she went on, ya lah, tapi ada tak apa2 pill puan ambil.

People just wanna magic.

U.Lee said...

Hi Daphne, don't waste money on all those obats!
Go learn ballroom dancing.
Daphne...believe you me, you will sweat and after 3 lessons, you sure find your weight down....3 benefits...you lose weight, you get a very firm body and.......you now no need tell your boyfriend, "sorry I can't dance".
I'm serious...ballroom dancing will make you sweat and lose weight and, psssst, you tend to meet nice gentlemen too.
Seen that movie, "shall we dance"? Richard Gere? If not see it.
Arthur Murray School of Dancing is the best...UL.

PrincessJournals said...

sadly tho, nowadays a lot more ppl here are opting for the shortest/quickest way to lose weight i.e. plastic surgery.

John Ling said...

It's nice coming across another Ling. =) Keep up the interesting posts.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jo-D,
I have no idea ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Dear Hi&Lo,
Thanks for coming over to my blog...Yes, I am aware that "the pharma industry has a very powerful lobby group with deep pockets in the US Senate and Congress to pass bills favourable to them?"
That's why I find it amazing too! Especially, since it was a unanimous 14-0 decision...

Daphne Ling said...

JT, Stand-up-Philosopher,

Yes, everyone is looking for a quick fix nowadays...But they don't realise that quick-fixes are never effective in the long run (if it doesn't claim your life first)...

Like those slimming programmes...Many a times, the ppl who participate look amazingly slim during the programme, but once they graduate, they find it hard to maintain...

Itu magic durg/fix-it-all sudah tarak what!

Daphne Ling said...

Kak Ruby Ahmad,

Ar...Like I said before and I will say it again (and again, and again, and again): If I look like you when I'm your age, I'd be over the moon...Heck, I don't even look like that now...

I'll remember your advice ;) Thanks!

Daphne Ling said...
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Daphne Ling said...

Hey Uncle Lee,

I'm still holding you to your promise to teach me to dance...Then I won't have to tell my bf/hubby that I can't dance! And I won't say 'no' to a "firm body" and also weight loss!

Daphne Ling said...

PrincessJournals,
Yes, quick-fix-it is making big money nowadays...Sad, but true...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey John Ling,

Thanks for coming over here! Yes, not many 'Ling's' around, so the feeling is mutual ;) Hope to get to know you more...