Super Pill Fights Two Health Extremes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/9/04

Super Pill Fights Two Health Extremes

They're calling it the super pill because it turns out, an experimental drug to help people stop smoking could also help in the battle of the bulge. The drug is called Accomplia.

It works by shutting down the same system in the brain that makes marijuana users feel hungry. Researchers believe it could have an enormous impact.

"I think it's really important to remember that cigarette smoking and obesity are the leading causes of death in the United States," says Dr. Robert Anthenelli with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Accomplia is made by the newly merged French company Sanofi-Aventis, and company officials are saying this could be their biggest product ever.

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