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Posted: 9/28/2004 7:42:42 AM EDT

Looks like you fat guys are in luck...


TRENTON, N.J. -- Could squirting a little medicine up the nose before mealtime be the Holy Grail for people trying to shed pounds?

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. appears to be betting on it, with a multimillion-dollar partnership with a company that last year began small-scale testing of a nasal spray drug designed to make the stomach feel full faster.

Nastech Pharmaceutical Company of Bothell, Wash., said Monday that its compound, known as PYY for short, could help address not only the nation's obesity epidemic but related health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and cancer.

The other possible applications are part of the company's overall program, ''but they're the dessert, not the entree,'' Dr. Steven C. Quay, Nastech's chairman, president and chief executive officer, told analysts during a conference call.

Quay said that if further testing of the drug goes well, he thinks it could reduce patients' daily calorie intake by 30 percent. It would translate into an approximate 50-pound weight loss over a year, based on the 2,800 calories a day the average American eats, he said.

Nastech's stock shot up $5.41, or 70 percent, to $13.15. Shares of Whitehouse Station-based Merck rose 36 cents to $44.46.

Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:43:55 AM EDT
cocaine is a hell of a drug!
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 7:45:28 AM EDT
Snortable meth??? Whooda thunk it?!?!?!?!?
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