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June 23, 2021

Semaglutide’s Success Could Usher in a “New Dawn” for Obesity Treatment

JAMA. 2021;326(2):121-123. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.10307
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Over the long, checkered history of weight-loss drugs, a safe and highly effective medication has been the elusive holy grail. The handful of drugs currently approved for long-term treatment of obesity have a good safety profile and help people lose an average of about 5% to 10% of their body weight—a clinically meaningful amount but far from the results seen with bariatric surgery, the gold standard. That’s why, when weight-loss results for the drug semaglutide started to come in, “we all said, ‘Wow—game changing,’” Robert Kushner, MD, recalled in a recent interview with JAMA.