New Obesity Drug, Belviq, in US Pharmacies Next Week
Jun 07, 2013
The new obesity drug lorcaserin (Belviq, Eisai/Arena Pharmaceuticals) will finally be available for prescription in the United States next week, the manufacturers have announced. The news comes as the European regulatory agency provides more details about why it rejected the product.
Lorcaserin, which was cleared for marketing in the United States almost a year ago in its second attempt, is indicated for chronic weight management, along with a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical activity, in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 more or in those with a BMI of 27 kg/m2or more who have at least 1 weight-related medical condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
Lorcaserin is a 5HT2c-receptor agonist, which is believed to imitate the effects of serotonin on these receptors, resulting in an increased sense of fullness after a meal and reduced hunger before meals, thereby reducing food consumption.消息來源