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Diabetes drug helps weight loss

6th December 2006

A new drug helps blood sugar controls and weight loss in people with type 2 diabetes, manufacturers Sanofi-Aventis announced following trials.

In findings presented at the World Diabetes Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, the company said it had studied the effects of the drug, generic name rimonabant, on 278 patient in six countries who weren't taking any other diabetes medication.

The drug, brand-named Acomplia, also had a beneficial effect on other risk factors like cholesterol levels, blood pressure and triglycerides.

Researchers said the findings were important given that some of the medications currently available for diabetes caused weight gain.

Rimonabant is approved in Europe but not in the United States.


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