I was driving with my real estate agent last Sunday, an older gal. She's a bit heavy and I had told her to ask her MD about Belviq. Told her a bit about the drug and she jotted the name down. This last Sunday she says her Dr. reviewed the medication and said it was similar to a past drug (I'm assuming fenfluramine) and was worried about cardiac effects. I told her to tell him that I said he was wrong and that were extensive studies to verify that this medication did not have these adverse side effects. She said the MD preferred a lap band and had an MD he recommended for this procedure ($$$). I told her I felt this was a poor choice considering that she is over 80 years old and why would you do an invasive procedure when you can pop a pill? She said the MD felt that folks will gain weight once they stop the medication. I said this can be true, but you're expected to try some lifestyle changes like not eating like a pig, eating healthier (veggies and fruits vs. french fries and chocolate shakes) and gradual exercise. She said she was going to think about it. This is what Eisai is up against. I'm glad they're upping to 400 reps, but hey really need to "direct" these patients to MD's (like Dr. Vig) that are educated about Belviq. I think the DTC will help, but Eisai needs to utilize those MD's that are in their corner and send them the business. I will send a letter to Arena regarding this episode so that they can forward it to Eisai.
The examples in this thread also represent the potential for Belviq growth..... both from MD's that are not even aware of this treatment option and the ones that are still biased toward surgery or fears left over from previous failed weight loss drugs...... It should start to become apparent that a mild tolerable rapid clearing drug that can *help* people make healthy lifestyle changes is often a better option than extreme or drastic weight loss procedures with greater safety risks or intolerable side effects.
hhabana go to a good weight loss doc that is the answer. The rest of these folks seem to care little about their overweight patients. Do you think he gets a referral fee for the lapband? The weight loss industry has more snake oil salesman and along with healthcare what an oxymoron you get no real solutions.
Edi, how many people go to a weight loss clinic? Many go to their family MD or internist and that's it. I dispense a lot of anti-depressants from general MD's, not psychiatrists. I just feel that Eisai would be better off working with MD's who are comfortable prescribing Belviq while they work on the others.
thats just it , I phoned 10 weight loss docs in my area and not one was promoting Belviq. They all have their own revenue sources that they do not want to see disrupted by Belviq. I understand Eisai roll in calling B weight loss management with lots of enphasis on Endo. There is lots of work to do but wow when we get over this hump watch out. What we all know and understand about this drug and company will come to pass. GL
This is a very typical and common response from doctors. I've been interviewing doctors for 3 months now, and they've all said they want to wait for at least one year before they will prescribe, just to see if there will be any safety issues. They are also concerned with the "marginal efficacy" issues as well.
Thanks for your honest post.
Sentiment: Strong Sell
80 yr old lap band is he crazy and he is worried about safety lmfao
This Reminds me of a friends mother 84 with sever pain and the doctor didn’t want to write pain meds gave here Motrin so she was stuck in bed and a wheelchair and died 2 yrs later who cares at 84 its about quality of life and a case could be made if she moved around she wouldn’t have gotten a lung infection from shallow breathing due to a ruptured plyssia (spelling) in neck which cases lung pain
My MD refused to investigate Belviq. He's skinny and runs 5 miles a day. He said when a rep comes to the door then he'll consider it. Recomended a meditaranean diet. Looking for another doc myself.My doc is lazy to research.
Mine commented he won't script for a year. Wants to see if anyone dies along the way, if so, he does not have to call anyone to get them off the drug. I asked if he had done any research on the drug? He said no, none at all. My reply....you are not giving an informed opinion because you have not gotten any information on the MOA, just parked it into a wait and see category of side effects.
He got angry with my comments. F him.......he is stuck on a protein shake combo with exercise, and life style changes. He sells the protein mix out of his office $65 for the container. Nobody has died from my protein mix, and the worst side effect is gas.
200,000 + bariatric surgeries a year are performed in the U.S. In many cases these surgeries are very lucrative for the physician and the hospital. There really is no comparison between the potential complications that could come from doing the surgery vs. side effects of Belviq. Depending on how long she would need to take the medicine it may also be cheaper than the out of pocket costs for the surgery. It is a poor choice for her for many reasons not just her age. She needs a new physician.