Everyone is looking for a quick-fix these days when it comes to losing weight. While eating right and working out does work, all it takes is one walk down the supplement aisle at your pharmacy to see that diet pills are big business. While dietary supplements aren't regulated by the government, a new prescription diet pill called Vivus is looking to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If found to be safe, it would be the first new prescription diet pill to be approved by the FDA in 13 years.

Federal health officials say they still have safety concerns about the experimental diet pill due to potential heart problems and birth defects in women who become pregnant while taking the drug. In fact, in 2010 the FDA rejected the drug due to safety concerns. However, the drug's manufacturer will present additional data to possibly the FDA to give Vivus the green light. 
 
According to the Associated Press, in the past two years the FDa has rejected pills from three pharmaceutical companies, including Vivus. All three companies are in the process of resubmitting their products. The FDA is expected to make its final decision on Vivus in April.
 
How do you feel about doctors prescribing diet pills? Dangerous? Necessary? Discuss!

 

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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