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The weight-management drug Liraglutide (Saxenda) has just been approved by the FDA

December 23, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection) as a treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity.

The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) who have at least one weight-related condition such as hypertension,

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Dulaglutide [Trulicity], a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes

September 18, 2014 – We learn today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the approval of  Trulicity (dulaglutide), a once-weekly subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control (blood sugar levels), along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes.

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FDA approves Albiglutide [Tanzeum] to treat type 2 diabetes

April 16, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  yesterday  approved Tanzeum (albiglutide) subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control, along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 24 million people and accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases diagnosed in the United States.

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