The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its acronym in English) approved a new prescription weight loss drug, designed to help control weight.
The product, called Plenary — developed by the biotechnology company Gelesis– has been approved for consumption of adults with obesity and overweight problems with a body mass index of at least 25, even if they do not have other health problems.
The drug releases a hydrophilic gel that ignites by capturing the water molecules in the stomach, occupying about a quarter of that organ without adding calories. It causes a type of balloon that makes the person feel less hungry and more satisfied after eating.
According to the company, it will lose an average of 10% of body weight in six months. One of his studies, published in the journal Obesity in 2018, he showed that the use of this pill doubles the possibility of losing between 5 and 10% of body weight.
In clinical trials, the side effects of Plenity were similar to those of placebo: satiety, bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain.
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It is a gel composed of cellulose and citric acid and is naturally eliminated by the digestive tract.
"This FDA approval marks an important milestone for the Gelesis team and our technology, and we are pleased to be able to bring this new prescription product to millions of people who are looking for a safe, validated and convenient treatment option to manage their weight without surgery ". stimulants, "said Yishai Zohar, founder and CEO of Gelesis.
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The pill should be consumed along with diet and exercise, says the FDA, and can also be taken along with other weight loss medications.
It is the only prescription weight control product approved for adults with with a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25 kg / m 2. Not recommended for people suffering from hypertension, type 2 diabetes or dyslipidemia. At the moment, it is not known if there are restrictions on how long it can be used.
It is not a miracle product, although the positive is that it is free of toxic effects by not entering the bloodstream.
Plenary will reach the market in 2020first in U.Sit is not yet known if it will reach other parts of the world.
The weight loss drug will be sold by prescription, it will not be easy to get to a pharmacy and get it, so only patients on a prescription can take it.
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