FDA panel approves new diet drug
Dr. Steven Garner weighs in
- Duration 4:28
- Date May 11, 2012
Dr. Steven Garner weighs in
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But big headline for the medical community today and FDA advisory panel giving the thumbs up to a new diet tried.
Urging the agency to approve it when it meets next month if that happens it would be the first new prescription weight loss drug.
He hit the market and more than a decade it's -- big -- -- you know apparently doctor Stephen Gardner.
New York Methodist Hospital is -- big question is -- would you prescribe this district forecast is that you're -- and -- it.
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Chris like him pronounces so that's one of so that's one thing began and now and then -- but I -- would wait about two or three years before prescribing them because many of the problems don't show up for that amount of time so the people who rushed to -- these new medications of the ones that have the problems.
I was looking at seven that side effects from that test study -- first of all they say that most of the people that have taken as in their tests said he.
Lost an average of 5% of their body race -- not taking that -- I made a huge amount of weight loss listeners we're gonna 200 pound person most compounds from two to -- They're going to undergo the risks and -- the risks are according again to the tested the study that they did.
They worse than some concerns about tumors there's also some concerns about it a weakening -- affecting your heart.
Ourselves which we have before with fanfare and do remember that was about -- -- fifteen years ago people -- to take it and have permanent damage to the lungs and their heart.
So we've we've -- the -- seems to show is not it's not gonna cause a problem who knows what the long term really got.
Talk about this other drug that could potentially.
And -- I had to market this year.
-- -- actually benefit you -- it's it gets easier to pronounce it -- ended a general looking at the first diet pills that have been FDA approved back on the market in more than a decade.
And what I'm -- in in this is just might -- might take on some of the reports there seems to be an urgency and also a little bit of an impatience.
To get some drugs on the market because obesity is such a big issue do you see -- -- a medical professional.
Yes is this a push to find something because it -- how much of course but second at the obesity to diabetes high blood pressure and strokes that you get from being overweight.
He's a preventable.
And that's why it's -- imperative to lose the weight.
I think the best -- -- was -- there was now with these pills -- by the way birth defects in kids.
What kinds of horrible things that could -- valve valve problems again.
See you don't you feel like you know enough about these pills but if someone had tried.
Dieting has tried exercise try everything.
Is there anything whether it's at -- -- a prescription or -- medical procedure that you would say hey maybe need to consider this if this is something you're constantly battling.
Always lifestyle but you know let's be honest it's also -- -- great run and that they don't do it.
-- obesity surgery.
That is the way to do it that keeps the weight off long term you don't want to just figure for -- -- in the -- comes right back is that Hispanic that the banning in yourself and Greg they're different surgeries there that are much less invasive now they're ruled on noninvasive leave with with cameras and so on.
And you know for sure the -- -- More evident today point to the right side I don't know if that's the stomach his regular events prime minister got to hurry -- -- -- me to consider potentially -- -- -- -- -- -- -- For very obese patients I think that the restrictions requirements for getting -- -- going to be less and less let me ask you about another medical story -- while we just leave this for went secondary it is big news -- -- Washington State this week.
-- that there is concern about looking cough there and state officials have said this is an epidemic this is a big deal.
-- you -- first of all what is whooping cough and what makes an epidemic now.
It's -- it's bacterial infection that invades the lungs and be -- going to the -- the trachea the bronco fans thought they had to make a personal sense that I thought it was six thing nobody whoever -- I don't think -- of it comes back but never really goes in them to the -- that we have does not fully effective against that.
And it seems like it on US about -- so.
Number one source of looking -- for the baby is the mother.
The mother has not gotten vaccinated it's exposed and gives the these are just children in Washington State got an adult is your -- for the ones who are dying of the children these scary infants and -- on.
But the adults are taking a vaccine right now can -- in -- prevent themselves from getting it and as antibiotics that you get if early enough.
Only problem is it mimics other.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- If he get this hacking -- which -- you to break ribs.
You get a hernia.
An important first one of my -- the blood vessels and -- be more crap attractive proactive.
Going get the vaccine -- -- kid gets five vaccines by the time is entering schools very important.
The most who believe when the mothers pregnant and about 2030 weeks to give an injection to the mother so she can protect the children.
-- -- -- history there out of -- of the West Coast.
I got a nice to have you -- to have -- hearing both of those topics for -- appreciate very much John.