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A Closer Look: Weight-loss drugs
Los Angeles Times

For many people who carry excess pounds, lifestyle changes don’t do enough or are too hard to maintain day in and day out.

The pharmaceutical industry has been trying to create weight-loss medicines — it is a huge market, after all — but the failures have outnumbered the successes. Dr. Kevin Niswender, an obesity expert at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, says every talk he gives begins with a slide that says: “Pharmacotherapy for obesity has a troubled past — and future.”

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