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From The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
March 15, 2016

Liraglutide (Saxenda) for Weight Loss

JAMA. 2016;315(11):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2083

The injectable glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist liraglutide, previously approved by the FDA for treatment of type 2 diabetes as Victoza,1 has now also been approved at a higher dose as Saxenda (Novo Nordisk) for chronic weight management in adults with a BMI ≥30, or a BMI ≥27 with a weight-related comorbidity such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, or diabetes (Table 1).

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