Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Weight-loss drug approved for obese children ages 12 and older

The drug was approved by the FDA in June 2021 for use in adults.

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And weight loss medicinewhich has been shown to promote weight loss in people with obesity is now available in the United States for children 12 years of age and older.

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The drug Vegovy is approved for use in adolescents 12 years of age and older.According to drug maker Novo Nordisk.

Teens with a body mass index (BMI) in the top 5 percent of their age group may receive a weekly injection of the drug With a plan to reduce your caloric intake and increase your level of physical activity.

Wegs (also known as Semaglutide) works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which is a hormone produced in the gut and released in response to food. It effectively tells the body that your hunger is satiated and suppresses your appetite.

The drug was approved by the FDA for use in adults in June 2021, but this latest approval will allow doctors to prescribe it to some obese people under the age of 18.

The latest approval comes from a phase 3a trial recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found Adolescents who received the drug experienced an average reduction in BMI of 16.1%.compared to an increase of 0.6% in the placebo group.

“The prevalence of teen obesity is rising in the United States, affecting teens and their families. Now, more than ever, we need new options to support teens,” said Aaron S. Kelly, Ph.D., co-director of the University of Minnesota Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine.

“This FDA approval provides an additional tool to address this serious, chronic and progressive disease,” Kelly continued.

There is good research that has indicated it may be a useful tool to help people with obesity lose weight, but some experts have previously cautioned that any weight loss drug should be considered a “magic bullet”. should not be considered.

Commenting on the 2021 clinical trial of the drug in adults, the researchers said that there are still some reservations about the use of the drug.


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