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An Anti-Obesity Pill

Posted Mar 16 2013 9:00pm

pills From Your Health Journal…..An interesting article from The Jewish Press by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu about an anti-obesity pill. We know how obesity is on the rise all over the world, and obesity related illnesses are also on the rise including heart disease, asthma, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and weak joints. Sedentary lifestyle along with poor eating habits has been a major contribution. Now, an Israeli-made pill may be on its way to make the world slimmer. The “slim pill” to reduce obesity could go on the market as a medicine, with the help of a major pharmaceutical company. The slim-down pill is made from indigestible edible fiber taken before a meal. The pills, after coming in contact with water, inflate and make food more viscous, keeping it in the stomach longer, and creating the sense of being sated. Please visit the Jewish Press web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was well written and informative.”

From the article…..

An Israeli-made pill may be on its way to make the world slimmer. The “slim pill” to reduce obesity could go on the market as a medicine, with the help of a major pharmaceutical company.

The Israeli start-up Gelesis is in advanced talks with a large pharmaceutical company to develop its pill that makes people fat people feel their stomachs are full, resulting in less food intake and a loss in weight.

The pharma company was not identified by Israel’s Globes business newspaper, which said that Gelesis soon will publish results of a recent clinical trial of the pill.

Instead of asking the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider the product as a nutritional supplement or medical device, the Israeli company wants to offer it is a medicine in to increase its market appeal.

The value of the deal with the foreign pharmaceutical company could reach hundreds of millions of dollars. The unidentified company will invest millions of dollars for developing the pill and will pay royalties on sales, Globes added.

The slim-down pill is made from indigestible edible fiber taken before a meal. The pills, after coming in contact with water, inflate and make food more viscous, keeping it in the stomach longer, and creating the sense of being sated.

A study of the pill’s effects several years ago showed a high rate of those who said they felt they had enough to eat, while only 16 percent reported they suffered side effects of discomfort, which Gelesis may be able to reduce by changing the dosage for certain individuals.

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