Should Your Employer Recommend Weight-Loss Drugs?
Sensa is the highly touted weight-loss product that promises weightwatchers they can sprinkle, eat and lose without dieting by shaking a crystallized product that looks a lot like fine sugar on their food. Consumers generally pay $59, plus shipping and handling, for a months worth of shakers. The company also sells fashionable cases ($10) and water bottles ($12). The FTC, which doesnt have the authority to stop the company from operating, slapped a $46.5 million judgment against Sensa Products and its parent Sensa Inc., because the companies did not provide competent and reliable scientific evidence to support their claims.
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Theyre intended for adults with a body-mass index of 30 or higher who are considered obese or for those with BMIs of 27 who have another condition, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. While the American Medical Association last year labeled obesity as a disease , drug treatments for weight remain controversial since diet drugs in the 1990s were pulled from the market . The FDA initially rejected both compounds before reversing course in 2012. European drug regulators declined to approve the medications . Consumer Reports advises against taking the weight-loss drugs, saying the potential risks and side affects dont justify the modest weight loss the drugs may help patients achieve.
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