Bayer tests drug cure for double chins

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced on Monday it was developing a drug to combat the dreaded double chin that it says could generate €250 million a year in sales.

Bayer tests drug cure for double chins
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A patient’s double chin, sometimes called a “waddle,” would be reduced through injections of the compound ATX-101.

The company plans to study the drug’s safety and effectiveness in two studies of the cosmetic medicine. Bayer has started phase 3 trials on 720 patients around Europe, according to a company statement released this week.

“There is a huge demand for a safe, effective and approved injectable treatment for localized fat reduction,” said Jean Paul Ortonne, a dermatologist who will carry out the trials in France.

The drug to combat the curse of middle age would be given in the form of injections. It works by dissolving fat cells, known as adipocytes, while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected.

The firm believes the drug could earn €150 million to €250 million, not including even the key market of the United States.

It is hoping to have the drug licensed for sale in Europe, Asia and Latin America by 2014. The Californian cosmetic medicine firm Kythera will be responsible for the marketing of the drug in the US.

The Local/djw

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German beach hotel bans overweight guests

A hotel on Germany’s North Sea coast has banned overweight guests due to worries they’ll break the resorts ‘elegant designer furniture’.

German beach hotel bans overweight guests
The beach in Cruxhaven, near the Beachhotel Sahlenburg. Photo: DPA

The Beachhotel Sahlenburg in the German city of Cuxhaven is hoping to welcome everyone back to the beach after the coronavirus lockdown ends, however not everyone is welcome on the sand. 

In order to stay at the hotel, you need to be 130 kilograms (286) pounds or below. 

“For reasons of liability, we would like to point out that the interior is not suitable for people with a body weight of more than 130 kg,” says the hotel. 

The reason for the restriction? The hotels elegant design furniture is far too sensitive and cannot support the weight of anyone upwards of 130kg. 

Hotel Operator Angelika Hargesheimer, speaking with German media outlet Buten and Binnen, says her hotel’s classic furniture is not made for big butts. 

“The designer chairs downstairs, they’re real classics. When a person over 130 kilograms sits on it, they sit there with one buttock and the chair does not last long.”

“But I want to have a designer hotel and I want to have nice furniture – not brutal furniture made of oak.”

Once bitten? 

Hargesheimer says she won’t get fooled again when it comes to chubby guests, saying that a larger visitor broke one of her hotel beds previously – which was the moment she decided to bite the bullet. 

She also said that the design of the chairs make them uncomfortable for larger people, while the showers are too small for the big boned. 

Although there were some suggestions that the move was illegal, a legal expert interviewed by Bild said that it would only amount to discrimination if the guests were so obese that they were considered to be disabled. 

“Only if an obese person reaches the threshold of a disability does protection against discrimination exist. Therefore, it should be difficult for those affected to take legal action against provisions such as in the hotel described, with reference to the AGG (General Treatment Act),” Sebastian Bickerich, from the Federal Anti-Discrimination Office, told Bild