Weight loss drug pulled from market
October 8th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Weight loss drug pulled from market

Abbott Laboratories has agreed to take its obesity drug Meridia (sibutramine) off the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

The company voluntarily withdrew the drug because clinical trial studies showed there was an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in people who used the drug.

Approximately 8 million people worldwide take the drug, the FDA said, including 100,000 Americans.

The drug had projected sales of $30 million in the U.S. in 2010, Abbott said.

"Meridia's continued availability is not justified when you compare the very modest weight loss that people achieve on this drug to their risk of heart attack or stroke,"  Dr. John Jenkins, M.D., director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a conference call Friday. "Physicians are advised to stop prescribing Meridia to their patients and patients should stop taking this medication. Patients should talk to their health care provider about alternative weight loss and weight loss maintenance programs."

Approved in 1997 for weight loss, the original data on the drug showed that people who took Meridia lost at least 5 percent more of their body weight than people who were on a placebo and relied on diet and exercise alone.

The FDA requested the company withdraw the drug, after reviewing data from a follow-up study known as the Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial (SCOUT ). It showed there was a 16 percent increase in the risk of serious heart events, including non-fatal heart attack, non-fatal stroke, and death, in a group of patients given Meridia as opposed to others given a placebo.

"In all its investigation of the drug, the FDA could find not one person whose benefit from the drug outweighed its risk," said Dr. Gerald Dal Pan, director of the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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  1. WildMontana

    Although the article doesn't give much detail on the study, I'm wondering if the increased risks from obesity which already include heart problems and stroke are offset by the drug risks if the patient loses a substantial amount of weight.

    October 8, 2010 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • woof

      That would go directly to the core of the study and surely would be considered in the design and controls.
      A better question to ask would be if different complications were also reported such as diabetic control (A1C for instance) or complications such as neuropathies, joint issues and the like, as well as other quality of life issues.

      October 8, 2010 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
  2. dizzybuzz

    Why can't these drug companies develop medication that counteracts the negative effects of greasy, sugar-laden, artery-clogging, calorie-rich tasty treats? Why is it that relatively few wealthy people are medically obese? Why do otherwise intelligent people avoid sensible calorie consumption and exercise? Is there a massive conspiracy? Is fat and happy an oxymoron? Are we morons?

    October 8, 2010 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • krbrown

      Xenical targets the fatty foods you absorb in your system. Unfortunetly, it causes gas, bloating and diarrhea also.

      October 8, 2010 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
  3. krbrown

    Diet and exercise don't always work, especially after you hit 40 years old! I'm all for a quick fix. GIVE ME THE PILLS!!!!

    October 8, 2010 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    How am I ever going to lose weight now? I need to pick up some fast food to help me get over this depressing news.

    October 8, 2010 at 14:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. dizzybuzz

    I want a magic drug that makes me irrestistible, all-knowing and wards off blubber. Oh yeah, we already have it...cocaine!

    October 8, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ned

    A 16 % increase in side effects seems right when compared to a placebo. What it did not say is how many people taking the placebo had the same side effects. You can bet that there were some. When this drug was approved, these same risks were known, however, the justification for tthe medication was because the people who are seriously overweight have a significantly higher risk of heart diseas, heart attack, and death, as a baseline to their existance. The problem is not with the excessively fat people taking this medication, it is with the people who just want to loose that extra 10 pounds. They are baseline "healthy", and in that group, the 16% increase in heart disease, is unthinkable. Doctors should have only prescribe this for seriously overwieght people. Wait, that is what is on the lable. Gee doctors prescribing meds so that their patients stop harassing them, that is the unthinkable part.

    October 8, 2010 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mike P

    Just go to the dam gym!!

    October 8, 2010 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. LRME

    @DizzyBuzz – The correlation between obesity and wealth is often attributed to just that. Persons with more means often have access to healtier foods and food choices. Healthier, fresh food typically costs more than processed, fast food. Think homemade turkey burger with fresh ingredients versus a double cheese burger from McDonalds. That being said, the cost of a whole, nutritionally balanced meal is almost always more expensive than a #2 from the fast food joint.

    October 8, 2010 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Meeeee

    Those people who are on it right now will be facing some horrible withdrawl effects.

    October 8, 2010 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. LRME

    I might add too, that most people do not have the first idea of how much money, time, R&D, etc goes into these medications. What you don't hear about are the drugs that never make it to the market...All of that investment is essentially lost when that happens. Yes, these companies are turning huge profits, but they are also industry leaders and are designing drugs today, that you may not see for another 10 years, if ever at all.

    October 8, 2010 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. wisdomdude

    And yet, phenmetrazine developed as a safer alternative to amphetamines and caused no heart problems, was taken off the market for that very reason. It was deemed TOO, safe, people liked it and you couldn't theaten them with death for using it!

    October 8, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. EternalBliss

    Dont blame the drug companies.. they are simply doing what corps do.. not that i agree with it. But there is constact duality in the world of man.. and in this case.. the drug would not exist if there were not consumers to buy it.. SO if your lazy enough to simply believe you need a pill to help you lose weight.. then that only means.. that your too lazy to learn on your own why your overweight in the first place.. honestly.. how many babies are born "overweight"??? not many.. so if your overweight.. it means that your actions got you that way.. most likey because of the deep ignorance we all have in this country when it comes to Human Health.... point being.. everything any human needs already exists within themselves.. so stop looking for easy "fixes" .. which usually will end up doing more harm then good.. and empower your self with real knowledge and information....and if that is done.( A BIG IF I know) .. . then there simply would be no need for pills of any sort...

    October 8, 2010 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. GOP-Bob

    How many times have we seen this happen–pharmaceuticals approved by the FDA and later recalled after they kill people. I spent 12 years getting over the side effects of poor diagnoses and FDA approved drugs and eventually turned to alternative medicines. In my case it was ayurvedic medicine–excellent diagnoses, no side effects, and very effective treatments. I'm not saying modern medicine should be eliminated, but it can be very dangerous and shouldn't receive the level of trust that most people give it. There are very good alternatives that won't kill you.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • hmmm

      Wondering?? Did you put the GOP in front of your name so the other GOP'ers will not say anything about your post? Your GOP card may be taken away. It is very rare that a follow the leader GOP'er goes for alternative medicine? It is just strange that a republican is not parsing the drug companies and the healthcare companies for being in it for the business and making the money? WOW perhaps there is hope!

      October 8, 2010 at 15:11 | Report abuse |
  14. Allen N Wollscheidt

    The pharmaceutical business needs to be curbed ! ! Drug development should be placed under a publicly funded academy with the only profit occurring from the actual physical production of the ultimately "proven safe and effective" drug. Furthermore, the definition of "effective" needs to be completely reworked. Trivial degrees of effectiveness MUST be discounted.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • scientist

      How would you like to fund this? It takes 15 years and $1,000,000,000 to develop a new chemical entity. Your solution would put an end to all new medical research in a heartbeat.

      October 8, 2010 at 18:15 | Report abuse |
  15. hmmm

    What a loss to the 100,000 people who take this medication. I have taken it off and on since the late 90's. It works very well. I had no side effects. I hope it will come back soon, and no insurance did not cover any of it.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. nick2

    Lets quickly adopt the Republican idea of limiting law suits against corporations who injure our citizens. A sort of Russian Roulette where some of us may live another day, but others will die with no recourse for damages.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. john

    Wow after reading this it amazes me that people would take drugs to achieve an extra 5% weight loss compared to diet and exercise alone. So instead of losing 20 pounds from diet and exercise you lose 21 with the addition of the drug. Such little effect, I would not buy this even if there were no side effects. People in this country just need to get off their couch and go jogging or something.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. walk in our shoes

    this was a very small study of people who were already had heart disease. No matter what you do with these people the chances that they are going to have issues are high. For all of you folks that think its so easy to loose weight if you just got off the couch.. may the inability to loose weight no matter what you do happen to you or someone you love. Then we can tell you to get off the couch.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angie

      The majority of people would NOT be obese if they did change their diet and moved around more. You cannot tell me that if most people ate better food with fewer calories and exercised more often they would remain obese. That is absurd.

      October 8, 2010 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
  19. Bob

    How many people died before the FDA decided to pull this drug off the market.. For most people the key to health is a good diet and exercise..

    October 8, 2010 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. LRME

    Allen N Wollscheidt – Please humor me and explain how the public would fund a $500+ billion dollar a year industry?

    October 8, 2010 at 15:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. nick2

    we could always classify a large portion of the food and beverage business under the label of poison. And then you wouldn't need weight reduction drugs. But hell, we live in a capitalist society where you can debate the obvious for a generation to avoid calling a spade a spade.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Angie

    For F's sake!! Stop looking for a miracle drug and start exercising! It sucks, but you have to work for it. Taking a pill may help you lose weight but if you don't change your lifestyle there is no hope of keeping it off.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. dgfg

    Wont you die of being fat regardless?

    October 8, 2010 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Tony

    This is where the real war on drugs needs to be waged. Instead hauling someone off to jail for a harmless joint; maybe the DEA and all these hand wringers should invest that time and money into the endless list of "pulled from market" drugs, and the endless list of fatal side effects attached to them. Oh, wait, that's big corporate money they'd be messing with. Nevermind.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. TheFword

    IF it the peeps responsible for this have the F word in their name,... it's the FEDS! Doesn't matter who the pres is folks.. the FEDS are THE ones running this country. they got all the GOLD money and time in the world to wait you miserable starving/fat/morbidly obese/underage/old/worthless/puketard little sickos (you are bottom feeders to them).. they decide and you die. AUDIT THE FEDS!! LEGALIZE FREEDOM. VOTE RON PAUL.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. disgustedinCO

    When will people learn that weightloss pills are nothing but garbage. Get off your rear end, excercise, and eat the right things!!! If you are dumb enough to take pills to lose weight, then please don't waste our time and money on suing the makers when it makes you sick. Take some responsibility!!!

    October 8, 2010 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • aprila

      Do you know how hurtful your comments are? Do you really think fat people choose to be treated differently, made fun of, and read angry posts like this simply because they want to eat Twinkies all day? Don't you think that your public scorn would be enough to motivate them to put down the bag of chips? It's a compulsion. It's people like you and comments like yours that make them feel like taking their own lives. Fat people hate being fat. They feel like failures because people like you tell them it's so easy, but then they fail time and again.
      This story has nothing to do with suing – it has to do with the medication being unhealthy. Would you make this comment on a story that said they just found out that Nicorette gives you cancer? People are trying the best they can to make it through this life and people like you make it all the harder and sometimes just not worth it.

      October 8, 2010 at 15:43 | Report abuse |
  27. readbetweenthelines

    What an all American issue! Fat American's too lazy to exercise and eat less fast food can no longer take a pill to get skinny. News flash – pills don't make people skinny, it is all about simple math. Eat less calories than you burn and you will get healthy and skinny at the same time. What a novel idea – too bad most Americans are too stupid to figure out the obvious!

    October 8, 2010 at 15:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. star

    it is tragic how much misinformation is out there buried in ignorance, prejudice and even hatred. Obesity is a serious health problem and it is a disease which is multi-causal and only just beginning to be adequately studied. Obesity is not the same as "need to lose a few pounds", which might be due to poor diet and lack of exercise. Most obese people do try to exercise and have been on more stringent diets than most people can even imagine or tolerate. This is a disease, something is wrong. YOU try exercising with a 100 pound pack on. Thats how obese people move through their day. And if you had a large body, your brain would think you needed to eat a lot of calories in order to power it. It is hard enough to suffer from this disease and then be blamed and shamed and disbelieved. Diabetics get insulin to go along with their lifestyle changes. Epileptics get medication. Bi-polars get medication. But for this disease, you intolerant people think they should suffer. So sad. so damn sad. Attitudes like that keep science from the funding needed to understand this complex disease of hormones and neurochemicals.
    So Meridia isnt worth it. fine. Keep looking. Lithium was a problem so was phenobarbital, so other more effective drugs with less side effects were studied.
    As far as Jam and is ignorant democratic/republican rant, seriously??? Get over it.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • aprila

      Thank you, star. You are a kind, compassionate, educated person and from someone who was previously in the "Super Obese" category (beyond morbid) I appreciate your comments. I finally had Lap-Band and am down 44 lbs in 3 1/2 months simply because I don't have that compulsive, nagging hunger all the time. With the right tools, I am starting to feel normal. For obese people, we deal with not only the compulsion of eating (think trying not to scratch a mosquito bite), but we feel the scorn and hatred of the public that really comes out when they can speak with anonymity. Thank you for your words.

      October 8, 2010 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
  29. obsz

    get out and run. and don't trust the FDA.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. TheFword


    October 8, 2010 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Frances

    Here we go again, I guess Abbott felt they made enough money off the blood of people taking this poison. Is it just me or does the FDA and drug companies pull drugs off the market after they have made a ton of money and then claim the drugs are dangerous, usually the side effects are strokes and heart attacks. When will we understand these drugs are no good for us. They are killing us. Decrease calorie intake, exercise, get plenty of rest, reduce stress, surround yourself with positive people and be kind to one another.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Rob

    Ya well, ya know you will die one day.

    If they really wanted to save thousands of lives, how about cars that can't go above the speed limit? I know, absurd maybe......but also....well think about it?

    Why do we need cars that go 250 miles an hour? There is no where to "generally" legally drive them, and speed kills...proven fact.

    So we live with this "luxury" expected to never use it....but watch out...here comes a drug that could give you a heart attack...maybe....just maybe.....that's bad.

    Let people take whatever reasonable risks they wish, because we let them take outlandish risks in other areas.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Rob

    Personally, I also think the powers that be want everyone to be fat. They say they don't...but let's face facts....a fat population that is well fed, if VERY unlikely to ever rise up against any sort of government...ever.

    Keep people eating and boozed up, and they won't life a finger to stop you.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. jeffrey

    Isn't it fun to be lab mice?Maybe we could get paid for this.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. patti

    My daughter is slim smart and successful. She puts in 14 plus hours every day, she has no health problems. My dad was slim, not fat he had one heart attack...the killer..cigarrettes!

    October 8, 2010 at 15:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lavendar

      But is your daughter happy deep down inside? Are you? You seem caught up in appearances. Here is a blog about our need to appear "perfect:" http://www.danoah.com/2010/09/disease-called-perfection.html?ref=nf#idc-cover

      October 8, 2010 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
  36. kristinjohns

    Long after most of us are dead and gone, our children will look back on this era of excessive prescription drug use and wonder what in the ?$Z% we were all thinking, why unsafe drugs were allowed on the market, and why people consumed them like idiiots. Very sad.

    October 8, 2010 at 15:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. patti

    There are alot of slim people that go to my church!

    October 8, 2010 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. joe

    Heres a clue people. Thin people have heart attacks and strokes too- even for you people that never gain a pound and have great metabolisms. You have just as much chance of of dying as I do- so get off of it. Please don't play that sanctimonious crap on me. You have no better diets than I, the only difference is I know that I can't eat fatty food all of the time- you are the ones in denial that you think that you eat anything

    October 8, 2010 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Kay

    This was not a magic pill. There isn't one of those even though all overweight people would like one. I studied and read piles of books, and learned a lot over the past couple of years. I am vegan now. Yep. It is the magic pill. Who would have thought that? I gave up dairy and meat and processed and junk foods, and lo and behold I got healthy. I no longer need to take 4 blood pressure medicines daily. Read Eat to Live and The China Study. You too can turn your life around with good health and most likely never need another prescription. Life feels good now, and I like me now. Don't wait!! Read the books and get your health back.

    October 8, 2010 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Weight loss is hard

    People always pile on drug companies for expensive drugs. It's true that some newer drugs can be but everyone needs a reality check.

    Pharmacies have a massive markup on most medication. I take a simple BP medication. The cash price at most pharms is $30 for 30 pills, a one month supply.

    The same pharmacies buy them from distributors for pennies a pill. How do I know? I used to work for a distributor. We would sell one thousand count bottles for $50 to pharmacies for medications they would turn around an charge $50 for a one month supply on. We are talking hundreds an in some case thousand percent profit.

    It's not drug companies, there's a reason your local neighborhood pharmacist is friendly amd smiling .

    October 8, 2010 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. SourMilkSea

    I'm real down about some of the douche-baggery beign slung about this...As a child I went from scrawny to chunky to scrawny, depending on the years of development. In my 20's, I was a good-looking young guy worthy of a cameo on "The Jersey Shore." (hahaha) However, as my 20's began to fall behind me and I marched into my 30's, my metabolism took a solid nose-dive. At first, I wasnt over-eating but I was physically looking thicker...bigger in photos. Once my self-esteem was wounded, I became the guy that made the joke about being fat in the room, FIRST, so as no one would give me the "God, what happened to you?!" Once I accepted that I was just fat, I didn't care and just ate whatever I wanted. ..then I didnt just get fatter; I got sick. I was diagnosed with border-line diabetes as well as in need of cholesterol meds. I even developed sleep apnea and a hiatal hernia! I was falling apart and was winded after tieing my shoes.

    Then, my Family Physician told me about Meridia. Supposedly, this would shut down the mechanism that made me sub-consciously throw food down my pie-hole whenever I was anxious or down...or bored! He said that it would open up a window of time to start a diet and workout regiment that would develop new habits and get better. So, I got to work. In conjunction with the Meridia, I started a 2000 Calorie a day diet and supplemented that with burning 1000 Calories a night at the gym between cardio, strength training and aerobics.

    Almost immediately, I saw a difference! And after 100 days, I have dropped over 63 pounds, 8 suit sizes and (Get this!) I run 2 miles up the road, stop for a Gatorade and run 2 miles back a couple of times a week in addition to my daily workout routine. These are all things I could not do before. I am not just getting back into shape, but I am building a BETTER physique with lean muscle mass. Quite Frankly, I dont know if any of this would have been possible without the cerebral kickstart I got from my Meridia prescription. It calmed down instinctive urges long enough to allow PROGRESS to be the motivator to keep the Yoo-Hoo and Ho-Ho's out of reach, start taking accountability for the calories I intake and get me healthier...

    I still have about 20 pounds left for my target-weight goal. I have one bottle of Meridia left. I hope that I continue to see the results I am looking for and the continued behaviors, long after I throw the proverbial orange bottle away. Meanwhile, I am grateful for having some type of catalyst for change, regardless of what the FDA says.

    October 8, 2010 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • walk in our shoes

      amen .. you are an example of what good this drug can do. Again folks Meridia wasnt a magic pill that just made you drop weight without changing anything it helped people who couldnt geet help anywhere else.

      October 8, 2010 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
    • SourMilkSea

      And as an interesting follow-up, I called my Physician's Office, this morning. I asked about the pulling of the medication from the shelves, and the same Nurse that congratulated the stacking of Meridia with my diet & exercise routine as the foundation for the tremendous bounce-back of my health now gave me this very 'legal' disclaimer: "The Doctor wants you to stop taking your prescription immediately, as he feels that it was more your diet and gym regiment that helped you reach these peak goals, anyway, so he does not foresee any reason to even continue finishing the script you have."

      Wow. Talk about a case of "Covering your Butt." If what the nurse said was right, then why was I paying a co-pay for such a "usleless" drug for the last 100 Days? And, if it really was all mental in finding the push to see through developing healthier habits in my day-to-day life, then couldn't the same be said for MANY drugs? Maybe the punits of this article are on to something regarding the big business of legalized drug-dealing.

      I hope that, as I continue to regulate my caloric intake, every day, and further develop and expand upon my cario and weight training that I still see progress and remain on the path to hit and maitain my final goals...

      October 9, 2010 at 10:18 | Report abuse |
  42. Scott

    Probably a good thing they took this medication off the market. Maybe now people can try to lose weight the good old-fashioned American way: diet and exercise. A pill might help some, but it doesn't teach you how to eat a proper diet or make your muscles stronger. And it's not impossible. I'm a success story. I left college back in later March, and from that time to now, I've watched my food intake and done a LOT of walking and jogging, and have dropped 40 pounds, from 225 to 185. And I want to lose more. You must realize, this is your only life, your only chance to get into the best shape you can. Don't despair, don't give up hope. It's a lifetime commitment to maintain a healthy weight. But if you undertake this endeavor, you will be happier. I promise!

    October 8, 2010 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Proud to be a mutt

    Heading to my surgeon for a lap band procedure to stop me from eating..................................

    October 8, 2010 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Janet

    Sadly here we go again...


    Obesity and Diabetes is the direct result of food chemicals and the drug makers and FDA are laughing all the way to the BILLION DOLLARS BANK.

    Food chemicals break the gut (insulin) and causes diabetes and Obesity (THIS IS PROVEN)

    THAT IS WHY PEOPLE CANNOT LOSE WEIGHT! The diabetes drug makers took in 10 billion$$$ in one year!!! with no cure and drugs that gave heart attacks

    The FDA knows this AND supports the drugmakers!!

    A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity in now 10 countries worldwide WITHOUT MEDICATIONS and the drug companies do not promote this see here http://spirithappy.wordpress.com

    October 8, 2010 at 20:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nursehope

      Seriously? People can't lose weight because they eat too much (90% of cases). Don't quote the 10% insulin resistant dx's. sheesh

      October 8, 2010 at 23:26 | Report abuse |
    • scientist

      Even Type I diabetes? Did the treatment involve a new pancreas?

      October 11, 2010 at 19:04 | Report abuse |
  45. renee'

    I picked up my script for meridia today!! I am a curvy size 8. And according to my physician clinically obese.I have genetic high blood pressure but I exercise daily eat a heathful diet and have birthed five amazing children.Sometimes a females body after doing all the things it's supposed to do just needs a nudge from a legal drug to get a jump start.Not all FAT PEOPLE ARE FAT OR LAZY.I had incredible results from Meridia about five years ago 30 pounds in three months.I know if I were reading this article without knowing that there were people who have had success with this drug I'd be thankful that they pulled it..... but I am sorry it,s gone.....and I'm sure my husband will be too!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2010 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. sara

    Merdia was there to help people make changes and to stop people who didnt have heart disease from getting it from being obese , why are the people who meet the proper criteria being punished for those who lie to get medication not meant for them . As i see it Meridia was a step to help control cravings ,control portion sizes motivate to exersize help change you lifestyle and engourage people to make healthier choises. If you followed the proper instructions and were not taking it for a quick fix nor taking it when you had heart disease it would work for those intended . Now we are going to see over the counter "weight loss" drugs being used by more people and the effects of that will not be monitored by a doctor until it is to late .

    October 8, 2010 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Nursehope

    Hey BIG gov't. FDA: leave the drug companies alone! Its my choice whether or not to take the drug. I don't care what heinous side effects result. What is most important is free market economy and no government interference. T-partiers: did I get it right?

    October 8, 2010 at 23:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. kathy

    Hi J
    "Jam, I am sorry but your an idiot"
    Last time I checked it was spelled (you are an idiot ) but not YOUR AN IDIOT
    if you want to humiliate someone............. Make your writing clear by avoiding grammatical mistakes
    .....just saying...hein

    October 9, 2010 at 12:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. BiomechanicsAndWeightLoss

    There is bigger possibility that the company voluntarily withdrew the drug because someone have realised that the basic science of obesity is based on an embarrassing misconception


    October 9, 2010 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. John Peterson

    This is a typical story. Drug companies just push things out. You should read about it on http://www.manicdepressioninfo.com

    October 9, 2010 at 21:39 | Report abuse | Reply
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