Monday, November 9, 2009

Positive results from Phase 3 trial of wieght reducing drug Lorcaserin...

We knew that Lorcaserin, is a serotonergic weight-loss drug developed by Arena Pharmaceuticals. It is currently undergoing the final phase of clinical trials in preparation for submission for FDA approval.

Lorcaserin is a selective 5-HT2C receptor agonist and in vitro testing of the drug showed reasonable selectivity for 5-HT2C over other related targets 5-HT2C receptors are located almost exclusively in the brain, and can be found in the choroid plexus, cortex, hippocampus, cerebellum, amygdala, thalamus, and hypothalamus.

Mode of action : Arena believes that the activation of 5-HT2C receptors in the hypothalamus promotes weight loss through appetite suppression, and this is supported by animal studies, but it is unclear whether the dose range used in human trials will be sufficient to demonstrate the same level of weight loss. While it is generally thought that 5-HT2C receptors help to regulate appetite as well as mood, motor behavior, and endocrine secretion, the exact mechanism of appetite regulation is not yet known.

Arena reported positive, highly significant top-line results in September 2009. Arena will also present new data analyses from lorcaserin's successful Phase 3 pivotal program in oral and poster sessions. In an independent clinical symposium, expert academic scientists and physicians will spotlight the 5HT-2C mechanism for weight management. As per the claim by the company, the positive results from the Phase 3 pivotal program highlight lorcaserin's potential to provide physicians with a treatment option that combines three important attributes - efficacy, safety and tolerability. Hope in the days to come will have a drug to treat obesity too...

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