23 Feb '12, 2pm

Qnexa weight-loss drug backed by FDA: The experimental drug won the backing of health advisers, raising hopes fo...

Qnexa weight-loss drug backed by FDA: The experimental drug won the backing of health advisers, raising hopes fo...

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Experimental obesity drug Qnexa won the backing of U.S. health advisers on Wednesday, raising hopes for approval of the first prescription weight-loss pill in 13 years. Vivus Inc 's Qnexa was one of three promising obesity drugs rejected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the past two years over safety concerns. It is the first to come back up for review after more extensive clinical trials, as public health officials urge the FDA to consider a medical treatment for a condition that affects about one-third of Americans. A panel of outside experts to the FDA voted 20-2 to recommend approval of Qnexa, saying they were convinced that the benefits it offers in treating obesity outweighed the potential heart risks and birth defects associated with the drug. Vivus shares nearly doubled in value to $21.01 in afterhours trade following the panel vote....

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