New diet drug blocks hunger signals t...

New diet drug blocks hunger signals to brain

There are 60 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jun 12, 2007, titled New diet drug blocks hunger signals to brain. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

A panel of experts meets Wednesday to help the Food and Drug Administration decide whether a highly anticipated experimental diet drug for the obese should be approved for sale in the USA.

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Pat

Knoxville, TN

#1 Jun 12, 2007
What is the cost of the new diet rimonabant,prescription medication Zimulti from Sanofi-Aventis, and can it be covered by a patients insurance?

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Carolyn

Shelbyville, TN

#2 Jun 12, 2007
I am one of those overweight people at 110 pounds overweight, and i think this is a great break through. please let me know when it will be on the market, i want to try this.
carolyn barnes
Carolyn

Shelbyville, TN

#3 Jun 12, 2007
I am 110 pounds over weight, and this is a great break through, that people like me need, i have tried everything and nothing works, i hope this does. please let me know when it is available.
Carolyn Barnes
Carolyn

Shelbyville, TN

#4 Jun 12, 2007
How much will this cost, and will medicare part d pay for it.
Michael

Knoxville, TN

#5 Jun 12, 2007
Carolyn, Part D coverage will probably not cover this with any company whether it's BCBS, CSH, Cariten, United Health, ect.

The only way an Insurance Company will cover this is if it is deemed medically necessary, a PA or Prior Authorization is filed by the providers office, and then approved.

Only then will the drug at that point be covered. I garuntee you for a while this drug will be a Medicare Exclusion. If the auth gets approved it may only be for a month or two depending apon the medical records supplied for the auth.

Though if the auth is filed it more than likely will be denied due to " experimental " and thus you would have to find an alternative, or nothing at all. All of this is assuming you're PCP or Specialist would categorize this as medically necessary and has the medical records to support this and enough medical records to meet the criteria for the auth when filed.
Jaded

Rock Island, TN

#6 Jun 12, 2007
Yep, another little magic pill for those that just can't seem to push away from the table! Reminds me of a Beatles song......
Katie

Sevierville, TN

#7 Jun 12, 2007
The down side to this drug is the gastrointestinal side effects. Yes, you will lose weight but it may mean spending the day on the toilet. I hope this isn't the case for everyone because it sounds like a good thing for those that struggle to lose weight by conventional methods (which have been proven to not work long term).
Chip

Groton, CT

#8 Jun 12, 2007
Katie wrote:
The down side to this drug is the gastrointestinal side effects. Yes, you will lose weight but it may mean spending the day on the toilet.
Nope. Xenical (orlistat), for example, works by blocking an enzyme responsible for the intestinal uptake of ingested fat. Accordingly, fat passes through the GI tract undigested and is excreted. Large amounts of undigested fat may result in anal leakage.

The mechanism of action of rimonabant is totally different from orlistat and involves moderation of the desire to ingest food, not block digestion of previously ingested fat.

Sorry about the graphic discussion.

Since: Feb 07

knoxville, Tenn.

#9 Jun 12, 2007
Jaded wrote:
Yep, another little magic pill for those that just can't seem to push away from the table! Reminds me of a Beatles song......
don't judge unless you've walked a mile in their shoes. Too many people think that a fat person just continually eats all the time, well it's not always so.
pishposh

Regina, Canada

#10 Jun 12, 2007
angel rose wrote:
<quoted text> don't judge unless you've walked a mile in their shoes. Too many people think that a fat person just continually eats all the time, well it's not always so.
if it isn't always so, that a fat person eats too much, how would this type of drug, which blocks hunger, help them? errrrrrrrrrrrrr
Jayson

AOL

#11 Jun 12, 2007
I actually work for a Bariatric Specialist and he states the drug is a good drug but the studies show it has many side effects. He states it will work will with morbid obesity patients, meaning patients with a BMI of 40 or higher. I am a personal trainer and I use to think that it all weight could be loss just with exercise, but I learned with working with Dr. Kerendian that obesity is a disease. The cost of the drug will be high, probably about $8.oo a pill costing $240 a month, making not affordable for the people that need it and of course insurance companies not covering it. Personally, I feel following up with a doctor that actually the specializes with weight loss is your best help and not seeking your own personal doctor in which he does not hold experience
Zara

Seremban, Malaysia

#12 Jun 13, 2007
Probably won't be covered by insurance, but hey, who needs insurance when self control is free? Obesity is not a "disease". If it were a disease, the rate of "outbreaks" would be similar in varying countries. America's obesity rate is 80% higher than the rest of the world. This is because Americans spend more time on their ass, feeding their fat faces and watching television than excercising. Want a miracle cure? Get off the couch and into the gym, and start treating your body with some degree of respect. Eat healthy food. All it takes is a little self control. As for this new miracle drug, well at least someone other than the fast food industry is profiting from the disgusting, obese population of America.
Michael

Knoxville, TN

#13 Jun 13, 2007
For some people hitting the gym isn't that easy. Some metabolism's no matter how little you eat, no matter what excersizes you do, you still seem to gain weight or break even with all the work outs and lack of eating you do that day.

Their are however medications to increase the metabolism's which would help obese people as they try to excersize and slowly cut back on certain foods, however I believe the cost is great but don't qoute me.

My only questions are, is this drug legit? And why must half the posts on this thread be about bashing obese / over weight people? Can we stick to the topic at hand, the drug itself, and not bash people for being over weight?
Jaded

Rock Island, TN

#14 Jun 13, 2007
Yep, it's a thyroid problem!(eyes rolling)
Caloric intake minus calories burned equal weight loss OR gain. Simple science! Take in less calories than what you burn, and you WILL lose weight! Any other excuse is just that...an excuse.
Quit eating all the fat burgers, fries, and other "comfort food".
tina

Elmira, NY

#15 Jun 13, 2007
Jaded they have pills for your problem also why don't you go check out the prozac forum. If you are only here to hurt people you need some help and tere is a pill for that
Jaded

Rock Island, TN

#16 Jun 13, 2007
angel rose wrote:
<quoted text> don't judge unless you've walked a mile in their shoes. Too many people think that a fat person just continually eats all the time, well it's not always so.
You have NO idea of what shoes I've walked in. Being so defensive, I suppose I should just assume that you are one of those plus sizes being talked about?
Jumping all over my a** isn't going to save yours.
Jaded

Rock Island, TN

#17 Jun 13, 2007
tina wrote:
Jaded they have pills for your problem also why don't you go check out the prozac forum. If you are only here to hurt people you need some help and tere is a pill for that
You seem to know a lot of what's available on the market. Are you speaking from experience? I reread my post, and no where can I find that I said anything directed at a "hurt" person. Maybe you fit into the catagory of the above?
tina

Elmira, NY

#18 Jun 13, 2007
Well Jaded you are so mouth you must be a skinny starving hurt person. I feel sorry for you poor thing.
CCC

AOL

#19 Jun 13, 2007
Jaded wrote:
<quoted text>
You seem to know a lot of what's available on the market. Are you speaking from experience? I reread my post, and no where can I find that I said anything directed at a "hurt" person. Maybe you fit into the catagory of the above?
Jaded, why are you so upset with people that are overweight? I am 5'5" and weight between 110 and 115, but I can understand and feel compassion for others that have weight problems. You should try to be more compassionate as one day you may have problems "pushing away the food" (your words not mine), and have a weight problem. It seems you have some type of emotional problem that you feel a need to put others down to make yourself feel good. I hope you can get some help for this.
Michael

Knoxville, TN

#21 Jun 13, 2007
Great post CCC, however this is where Jaded will jump in with his $1.75 and some late charges education from the local library to bash you or try to spin your own words.

Jaded, try looking at it from someone else's view before bashing the obese. For the record, as you would probably call me obese as well. I am a very nice 5'10, 181 lbs and in decent shape.( I would say great but I am not that shallow / cocky )

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