November 23, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A state panel has voted to remove a diet drug from a list of substances that physicians can't prescribe in Nevada.
The state Board of Medical Examiners, at a meeting Friday in Reno, voted unanimously to allow the use of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG).
The drug still must be approved by the Legislative Commission, a group of 12 lawmakers, before doctors can legally inject patients with it.
Las Vegas lawyer Jacob Hafter questioned why HCG has been banned
in Nevada when it's regularly used by physicians in states surrounding Nevada for weight loss purposes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration leaves it up to states whether to allow HCG or not.
According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have found HCG is no more effective in reducing weight than placebos.
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