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From The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics |

Liraglutide (Saxenda) for Weight Loss

JAMA. 2016;315(11):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2083.
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This Medical Letter review summarizes information about liraglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist approved for long-term weight weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or in those with a BMI of 27 or greater plus weight-related comorbidity such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, or diabetes.

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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