New Diet Pill Close To FDA Approval

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC News) A new diet pill is one step closer to gaining FDA approval, and, if approved, Qnexa would be the first new prescription diet pill approved in 13 years.

The previously rejected diet pill has won overwhelming approval now from a
panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration.

The drug, Qnexa has shown in testing that it can reduce
body weight by as much as 10%.

Qnexa could be a silver bullet to the almost one-third of adults and 17% of
children in the U.S. who are obese.

But there are skeptics who point to Qnexa's potential serious side effects, which include: increased heart rate, kidney stone, memory loss, and birth defects. Still, the public health advisers decided that the
drug's benefit outweigh the risks.

The FDA is expected to make a final decision on Qnexa in April.

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