I am an internist and have been telling them it is going to be available any day or the past 5 months or so, they really must think I am a fool by now, many of them are desperate to lose weight. Qysmia is hardly the best or the safest safe option but I have written a few prescriptions for it as there are few better choices , however I have yet to have a patient able to fill even one script. This must be a world record for DEA classification fora drug with no light a the end of the tunnel. #$%$ is going on with the DEA ??? I am sure oxycontin got a faster DEA classification
I called the DEA today ( 4 27 2013) and left a message on the phonemail of Cathy Gallagher, chief of the liaison and policy section at the DEA. (202 307 7297). I told her that I have seen many patients over the last two months who want to lose weight and improve their health by taking Belviq, but are frustrated when they are told that we are still waiting for the DEA to give the final scheduling of Belviq, and they are not allowed to take the pill. It is incredible that Belviq was approved by the FDA over 10 months ago, on June 27 2012, , and yet we still have no schedule from the DEA. There has only been one drug in the entire history of the DEA that has taken longer to get scheduled. Obesity and obesity-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia are serious disorders, and doctors need weapons to help us in the war against obesity.
My patients and I are very frustrated by the prolonged delay on scheduling of Belviq by the DEA.
Why don’t they perform their job on a timely basis?
Why are we left waiting…. And waiting….. and waiting…. ?????
Steven Vig md internal medicine Tucson, Arizona
This is retaliation against logos from last year, when lot of us emails the DEA to speed the process for Belviq, and when we got no respond from DEA we start to trash them.
I do not believe that comment delayed the schedule, what was the excuse last year? 6 month for simple schedule IV .The comment wore the perfect opportunity to F us even more, and the comment from Wesley Day was the cherry on top of the cake. They
Knew by getting the FDA involved the process would slow down even more.
They knew dose 22 comments were bs, and I am sure they know who Wesley Day is.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Any day I hope. If you're concerned about the delay the best was of escalating it is by contacting your senator and representative and ask them to follow up with the DEA. As a citizen you also have the right to contact the DEA directly. As a medical doctor your voice has much more clout than even patients because you effect many people's lives.
This is insanity, drug approved 10 months and no DEA classification, hell I am a physician and could review the data all by myself and do it in a week tops. This has got to be something for the Guinness book of world records. Facts are surely stranger than fiction.
EISAI probably kept in mind the anti-diabetic properties of Belviq when they did their research for pricing. Compare it with other T2D meds, it's 2/3 of their price and as effective as other T2D drugs. And you also lose weight on this drug, not gaining weigt like the other drugs, and it's much safer. ARNA developed a new compound and performed a diabetic trial with it, VVUS mixed 2 old drugs and threw it on the market ASAP. Drug development has it's price! (i say DEVELOPMENT Van, Not MIXING drugs...)