Diabetes Rounds

Weight Loss Drug for Diabetic Patients?


Lorcaserin facilitates modest weight loss, which is associated with favorable effects on glucose metabolism. Lorcaserin appears to be safe and, as a side benefit, might be helpful in preventing or treating diabetes. However, in this 3-year study, 60 nondiabetic patients had to be treated to prevent 1 transition to diabetes, and 90 diabetic patients had to be treated to improve 1 patient’s HbA1c to <6.5%. The cash cost of lorcaserin is roughly US$3,600 annually.

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