Could 5 new anti-obesity drugs recently approved by the FDA and other regulators make a difference in one of the world’s biggest public health challenges? The quick answer is yes, for some patients this new group of weight management drugs could be life-changing. But the newly approved anti-obesity drugs – and additional similar drugs that are likely to follow in the near future -- are not a panacea. They will not replace healthy eating, nor enable patients to reach their ideal weight without effort.
We are now entering our fourth spring of the global COVID pandemic. But this spring looks far different from the last three. April of 2020 saw the world scrambling to get public health measures in place while still maintaining essential health services.