NICE needs more rimonabant data

Rimonabant should not be used for the treatment of obese and overweight adults, says NICE.

More information on how the drug compares to diet and exercise, orlistat and sibutramine with regards to cost effectiveness is needed from manufacturers Sanofi Aventis, claimed NICE in a draft technology appraisal issued last week.

NICE also wants an assessment of the drug using the 5 per cent weight loss continuation rule to treatment with rimonabant at three, six, nine and 12 months.

Jeni Wilson, head of communications at Sanofi Aventis said: 'The consultation document represents the preliminary feedback of the appraisal committee and is not formal guidance on this technology.

'The preliminary thoughts of the committee may change after consultation.'

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