Los Osos doctor develops diet drug
July 19, 2012
A diet drug created by a Los Osos doctor was approved Tuesday by the The Food and Drug Administration.
Doctor Thomas Najarian developed the diet pill Qsymia, which was originally dubbed Qnexa. This makes the first time in 13 years the FDA has approved a new diet drug.
In clinical trials, of the more than 4,000 people tested, half lost ten percent of their body weight, which is enough to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Side effects include an increased heart rate among people taking the drug.
Najarian combined a stimulant and an epilepsy drug to make his diet pills.