Yesterday, Medline Plus published an article titled, “Promise From A New Weight-Loss Drug. It is an injectable drug called Saxenda and reportedly helped people lose 5% of their body weight in a “research study.” This probably sounds promising on the surface especially for those who have tried so hard to successfully lose weight.
Let’s look at the facts of the study:
The participants were injected EVERYDAY for 1 YEAR. The average weight loss for the entire year amounted to 18.5 lbs.
The participants were provided lifestyle counseling. There was no mention in the medline plus article whether people complied with the counseling nor what the counseling included.
For the consumer to purchase this drug in the United States, it would cost between $1,000 and $1,800 for a 3 MONTH SUPPLY.
The study was funded by Novo Nordisk. In case you have never heard of them, they are the manufacturers of Saxenda.
Is anyone surprised that a study created by the manufacturers of the drug claimed it effectively offered a solution to weight problems? Would you agree there might be a conflict of interest when a drug manufacturer reports on the efficacy on a drug they manufacture? If we can see the possibility for bias in this research, how come the New England Journal of Medicine couldn’t? They published this ridiculous study in their prestigious journal on July 2, 2015. Is there any question whether the pharmaceutical and medical industries work together producing (in some cases) questionable results to benefit their industries rather than their patients?
Financially capitalizing on a large segment (currently around 70%) of our overweight and obese population is unethical and immoral. Many of these people are desperate and willing to follow these treatment recommendations because they believe their physicians know best. It is unconscionable to see this type of research used to justify writing prescriptions for very expensive drugs that provide the same POOR LONG TERM OUTCOMES.
How can anyone justify recommending a drug to a patient that costs between $4,000 and $7,200 annually that helps achieve an average weight loss of 18.5 pounds? If we do the math, we could achieve the same 18.5 pound weight loss over one year by reducing our daily required calorie intake by 178 calories a day. This would equate to 2 pieces of lightly buttered bread per day. Do you think anyone would spend up to $7,200 if they knew that they could achieve the identical results by leaving 2 slices of lightly buttered bread in the refrigerator?
Obesity is not caused by a prescription deficit. It stems from an emotional, physical, spiritual, and societal imbalance. The source of the problem is usually deep within the individual. The answer to the problem can never be achieved by ingesting pharmaceuticals. Even if they chemically alter appetite, they do not address the other imbalances. All of the underlying causes for weight gain must be addressed for a long term solution to succeed.
If you are ready to follow a new direction that will result in better health, better balance and better attitude, you are ready to achieve successful long term weight loss. I provide the tools needed in my articles listed under the tab “Obesity.” After reading these articles, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. This is NOT a solicitation. Any assistance I offer is intended to help people achieve their goals without any strings attached. Growing up in an environment where obesity was present has given me personal insight and a better understanding for those who suffer today.