STEP Study

Study Type

General Health & Wellbeing

Study Purpose

When diet and exercise are not enough to achieve weight management goals, oftentimes a medication is recommended to achieve necessary weight loss. 


The STEP research study will assess the effectiveness of a study drug for weight management purposes.

About the Study

The study consists of 15 total visits to the Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic and 10 phone calls with the study staff. Eligible participants will receive the study medication for 20 weeks and then either the study medication or a placebo for another 48 week period. 

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 14 study visits
  • 10 phone calls


  • Medical history
  • Height and weight
  • Vital signs (pulse and blood pressure)
  • Physical exam
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine heart health
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Blood tests
  • Questionnaires

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a BMI of 30 or higher calculate your BMI
    • OR 27 or higher with a weight related condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea or cardiovascular disease
  • Have a history of at least one self-reported unsuccessful dietary effort to lose weight 

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 18 months.  


Compensation of up to $700 is offered for completion of this study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or e-mail

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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