Weight Loss: Nasal Spray to Fight Obesity

Weight Loss: Nasal Spray to Fight ObesityWould you eat less food if you had a reduced sense of smell or taste? Some animal studies seem to suggest so.

A new nasal spray (CP404) has been developed and patented based on that theory. It may help people lose weight by suppressing the senses of smell and taste.

Compellis Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the company behind this product, will be testing the spray in human trials next year.

FDA could approve the nasal spray treatment in three years. The projected retail cost is between $500 to 1,000 a year.

Even if this spray does not have any side effects – which is highly unlikely – I do not see how it can be effective long-term. It does not change eating habits. It suppresses them.

What do you think will happen when a person is off CP404 and regains full sense of taste and smell? If you answered ‘binge eating’, you are probably right.

I think this nasal spray is a disaster in the making – unless, one stays on it for a lifetime. Shh, do not tell that to Compellis Pharmaceuticals.

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