POSTED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The country is a step closer to the first new prescription weight loss drug in a decade.
Advisors to the Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of Lorcaserin.
The pill has been shown to lead to a loss of 8-percent of patients' body weight, when combined with exercise and a healthy diet.
The FDA is not required to follow the advice of its advisory panels, but often does. a final decision is expected by the end of June.