Contrave OK'd in obesity; multiple trials required
This article was originally published in Scrip
Orexigen Therapeutics' and Takeda's anti-obesity drug Contrave (naltrexone SR/bupropion SR) was finally approved by the FDA on 10 September, but not without its many trials and tribulations along the way.
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