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Drug companies in US spent millions pushing for weight loss drug approvals, investigative report finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2138 (Published 22 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2138
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Since 2010, makers of diet drugs have spent more than $60m (£40m; €56m) on lobbying, medical society sponsorships, and payments to physicians to get their weight loss drugs to the market, says a joint investigative report by the medical news website MedPage Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.1

The size of the market is considerable: the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that over a third (34.9%; 78.6 million) of US adults are obese. The new report alleged that many efforts by drug companies have been aimed at pressuring the US Food and Drug …

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