published : 2023-11-09

FDA Approves Eli Lilly's Tirzepatide for Weight Loss

The injection helped certain patients in a recent study lose nearly 60 pounds

An image of a person injecting the tirzepatide drug, emphasizing the importance of medical treatment in weight loss efforts. (Photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for Eli Lilly's groundbreaking drug tirzepatide in the treatment of obesity.

Sold under the brand name Zepbound, this injection will offer new hope for adults struggling with obesity and weight-related medical issues such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, or Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Eli Lilly and Co., known for its unwavering commitment to innovation, saw a surge in stock prices following the approval announcement on Wednesday.

Tirzepatide, originally intended for Type 2 diabetes, gained popularity as an 'off label' treatment for obesity due to its remarkable weight loss effects.

However, with this official FDA thumbs-up, tirzepatide is poised to reshape the landscape of obesity treatment.

In a recent late-stage study, participants who were overweight or obese and suffered from weight-related medical issues (excluding diabetes), experienced groundbreaking results with this drug.

A smiling individual measuring their waistline, showcasing the transformative effects of tirzepatide on weight loss. (Photo taken with Nikon D850)

At its highest dose, the injection led to an average weight loss of 48 pounds, surpassing the modest 1.5% weight loss observed with the placebo group.

Even more astounding, approximately one in three participants achieved an astonishing weight loss of over 58 pounds, equivalent to a quarter of their body weight.

The lowest dose of tirzepatide also produced impressive results, with participants shedding an average of 34 pounds.

This FDA approval marks the latest addition to the growing list of weight loss drugs, including Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy and Ozempic, making the battle against obesity more attainable.

Wegovy, approved last year, offers chronic weight management for obese or overweight adults with weight-related conditions.

Ozempic, initially authorized for Type 2 diabetes treatment, effectively aids weight loss as a secondary effect.

A group of diverse individuals engaging in a fun outdoor workout session, highlighting the significance of exercise in combination with the tirzepatide treatment. (Photo taken with Sony Alpha a7 III)

Mike Mason, President of Lilly Diabetes and Obesity, acknowledged the significant barriers preventing people with obesity from accessing effective treatments.

He emphasized the urgent need for broader access to these medicines, recognizing their potential to revolutionize weight loss journeys.

In this pursuit, Eli Lilly & Co. is committed to collaborating with healthcare professionals, government bodies, and industry representatives.

Their collective goal is to ensure that individuals who stand to benefit from this remarkable drug can readily access it.

To maximize the drug's efficacy, patients are advised to integrate tirzepatide into their lifestyle, complementing it with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

It is crucial to note that using the injection along with other products containing tirzepatide or GLP-1 receptor agonist medicines is not recommended.