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Developing Products for Weight Management Revision 1 February 2007


Not for implementation. Contains non-binding recommendations.

Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Office of Medical Products and Tobacco, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

This guidance provides recommendations to industry regarding the development of drugs and therapeutic biologics (hereafter products) regulated within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the indication of weight management. This guidance applies to products intended to be used for medical weight loss, which can be defined as a long-term reduction in fat mass with a goal of reduced morbidity and mortality through quantifiable improvements in biomarkers such as blood pressure, lipids, and HbA1c. This guidance revises the draft Guidance for the Clinical Evaluation of Weight-Control Drugs that issued in September 1996. When finalized, this guidance will replace the September 1996 draft guidance.

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