The Untapped Potential Of Antiobesity Drugs

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The large potential market and the shortage of safe, efficacious compounds is driving many researchers to undertake the difficult task of creating new anti-obesity drugs. Overall the track record of the pharmaceutical industry has been poor in this area, but the recent explosion in our understanding of the biology of obesity has changed the drug discovery landscape. The identification of a multitude of new targets for obesity therapeutics, and a deeper understanding of existing targets, has increased our potential for finding the "right" focus for increasing efficacy. And while there is a higher sensitivity for safety in anti-obesity therapeutics then that for cancer

therapeutics, there is also a greater understanding of the health and financial consequences of this unmet medical need. While the potential of anti-obesity drugs currently remains largely untapped, the industry should be optimistic about the finding solutions to these dual issues In the future.

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