|18.5 – 24.9||Normal|
|25.0 – 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 and Above||Obese|
|5′ 9″||124 lbs or less||Below 18.5||Underweight|
|125 lbs to 168 lbs||18.5 to 24.9||Normal|
|169 lbs to 202 lbs||25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|203 lbs or more||30 or higher||Obese|
Belviq is for people who have a BMI of 30 and higher; overweight patients with a BMI of 27 or higher can also take this drug. This drug estimates a loss of at leat 5% of your body weight, within a year. So for instance, based on the chart above, 10.15 pounds of the 203 pounds listed in the above chart will be lost. It states on the FDA Approval Letter that this drug, along with reduced calorie intake, and increased exercise was more effective. This medicine is consumed twice a day, and has side effects and warnings, such as
- Discontinue use, if 5% weight loss has not occurred by the 12th week
- Valvular Heart Disease
- Psychiatric Disorders
Unless there is a medical reason that prohibits a patient losing weight, with lower calorie intake and exercise, why would they take this medicine? Five percent of 300 is only 15 pounds, and I would have to ask if this drug is worth the risk? This is about 1 to 2 pounds loss a week. I can attest that this is achievable, with mild, but constant activity and increase in healthier foods, without medications. I eat whatever I want to eat, just in smaller portions, with an increase in fruits and vegetable as fillers. I get full eating heavier, healthier foods that do not add weight, when eaten in moderation.
If a drug needs to trigger your brain that you are not hungry, then why isn’t obesity taken more seriously as a mental disorder, widespread?Belviq was denied two years ago, because of concerns of the risks, although approved yesterday, without mentioning any changes. Was this drug passed to offer a ‘solution’ for obesity, without really being an answer? Was this drug placed in the market for profit? Was this drug approved, due to pressures of the government? I ask these questions, because it makes no sense how it would help me, for instance, lose weight that I am losing on my own. I have read trying to find the ‘ah ha’ factor, but I can’t find one. I am sure there is a reason that there has not been a drug approved in 13 years, for obesity. I wonder if it has been so long, because weight loss happens only when the person is ready to commit, regardless of efforts from health care professionals?
This drug, with its FDA approval, can now be made available to all private and public insurance carriers. It is an oral tablet, therefore covered under the pharmacy benefit. I wonder how much this drug retails for. I am curious about the reimbursement factors of this drug, and the expected cost share to the consumers. However, I have been unable to find this information.
Boyles, Salynn (2012). FDA Approves Diet Pill Belviq. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120627/fda-approves-diet-pill-belviq
Eisai (2012). Highlights of Prescribing Information. Retrieved from http://us.eisai.com/package_inserts/BelviqPI.pdf
Berlrot, B., Yukhanonov, A. (2012). FDA OKs first obesity drug in 13 years. Reuters. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/27/us-arena-obesity-idUSBRE85Q1AA20120627
Arena (2012). Arena Pharmaceuticals and Eisai Announce FDA Approval of BELVIQ® (lorcaserin HCl) for Chronic Weight Management in Adults who are Overweight with a Comorbidity or Obese. Retrieved from http://invest.arenapharm.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=687182