FDA recommended Qnexa promises 10% weight loss
Weight loss in the country could change dramatically.
This comes after a previously rejected diet pill got approval from a panel of advisers to the food and drug administration.
Qnexa showed in testing it can reduce body weight by as much as 10 percent, although there are serious side effects like memory loss and birth defects.
The public health advisers decided the benefits outweigh the risks.
"There is a significant need for those who are affected by obesity the reality is there is a treatment gap,” said Joe Nadglowski, head of the Obesity Action Coalition. “We go from Weight Watchers to geriatric surgery and that leaves probably 65 million people who need a new option to address obesity."
The FDA is expected to make a final decision on Qnexa in April.