STEP 8 Study

Study Type

Weight Loss

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 8 research study will assess the safety and effectiveness of a study drug for weight management purposes.

About the Study

The study consists of 16 total visits to the Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic and 7 phone calls with the study staff. Eligible participants will receive either the study drug, an already approved medication or a placebo for 68 weeks.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 15 study visits
  • 7 phone calls


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

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a BMI of 30 or above calculate your BMI
    • OR have a BMI of 27 or above with the presence of one of the following conditions:
      • High blood pressure
      • High cholesterol
      • Sleep apnea
      • Heart disease

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 18 months.


Compensation of up to $670 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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