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    Wednesday, January 02, 2013 2:51 pm Email this article

    ​I was interviewed by VOGUE magazine a year ago. The article by Elizabeth Weil has finally appeared in the January issue on page 112. It is marginally better than the March 2011 article in MORE magazine, but not much. It still retains an unsupported negative view of diet pills. Consider that the title of the article is "A Quick Fix". Moreover, the article is so out-of-date, it doesn’t even mention Qsymia, the FDA-approved combination diet pill.

    Ms. Weil wrote the original article in MORE, but her editor altered the article to make phen-pro seem unapproved, experimental and dangerous. Please be aware that the thrust of "news" articles is determined before any data is collected. If the evidence doesn’t fit the assigned theme, well, then the editors make it fit.

    The faults in the VOGUE article are numerous, but one in particular galls me. Sidney Wolfe MD said, "No one has been able to find an appetite suppressant that doesn’t touch the heart." That is untrue. There is–listen to me–not a single primary scientific study, in 54 years, showing that phentermine, in therapeutic dose, raises blood pressure or causes valve problems, heart attacks or death. I have not seen it in 30 years, nor have my colleagues. Why was Sidney Wolfe consulted? How was he qualified? I know how he got in--it’s because journalists believe they have an obligation to be balanced in their treatment, and Elizabeth couldn't find any one else on the other side.

    But is it balanced when VOGUE magazine fronts the article with a grotesque photo of a woman swallowing pills that look like candy? Is it balanced when the editor inserts into the picture "Frustrated dieters have been quietly spreading the word about a controversial use of mood meds: effortless weight loss. Elizabeth Weil investigates the questionable trend." Is that fair? Is it reasonable? Is it intelligent?

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