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Weight loss drugs in the works

We try all sorts of things to lose weight, but some new medications may actually give the results we desire.  Amylin in San Diego is scrambling to get its injectable product to market.

It doesn't have a name yet, but is said to decrease how hungry you feel when you eat.

Arena Pharmaceuticals is working on its product called Lorcaserin.  It's just a month away from going to the FDA for final approval.

And Orexigen Therapeutics has a drug called Contrave.  That company plans to take it to the FDA within the next few months.

No one claims these new medications are magic or that they will work overnight.  But doctors say, when used with the proper diet and exercise, they could lead to unprecedented results for many people.

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