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FDA To Review First Three New Weight Loss Drugs

July 20, 2010  ·  By HM&M


With the U.S. obesity rates approaching 35 percent of adults, many are excited to get “their first extensive look at the first of a trio of new weight loss drugs this week. The hope is that the new drugs can succeed where many others have failed: delivering significant weight loss without risky side effects.” (Matthew Perrone, Washington AP, 7/12).

As a personal injury and products liability attorney in Chicago, I am always skeptical of new drugs, and weight loss drugs in general, especially since “two of the drugs submitted for approval simply combine existing drugs – an anticonvulsant and an amphetamine – but have worrying side effects. The third, a new medication, is safer but less effective.” Results of the FDA review are due shortly.

The obesity endemic in this country is certainly troubling, but, as always, proper and thorough testing of impending drugs is necessary.

July 20, 2010

Many Workers Lack Documentation For Oil Spill Claim

Although there are countless victims of the recent BP oil spill, there is one group that may end up being overlooked victims. Employees who are paid in cash, such deckhands and laborers, unfortunately don't have any way to prove losses in the BP claims process and could end up being “hidden victims of the spill.”... Read More

July 20, 2010

Fido's Food Could Be Making Kids Sick, Report Says

A recent outbreak of salmonella has been linked to Fido's Foods by a government report that warns, “Fido's food may be making kids sick.” (Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical, 8/9). The outbreak is the first one in humans linked to pet food. Between 2006 and 2008, the outbreak sickened nearly 80 people, nearly half of which... Read More

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