FDA Probes Liver Damage with Weight Loss Pill 'Alli'

By: WASHINGTON (AP)
By: WASHINGTON (AP)

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of liver damage in patients taking alli, the only nonprescription weight loss drug approved by the agency.

Regulators say they have received more than 30 reports of liver damage in patients taking alli and Xenical, the prescription version of the drug. Twenty-seven patients had to be hospitalized, and six suffered liver failure.

Alli and Xenical are both marketed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, though Xenical is manufactured by Swiss firm Roche.

The FDA says it has not established a definitive relationship between the weight loss drugs and liver injury. The agency says patients should continue using the drugs as directed.


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  • by nunya Location: FL on Aug 25, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    This keeps getting even more ironic by the month !! The FDA, another government entity that is supposed to keep americans safe from harmfull food & prescription drugs, has issued yet another possible problem with one of its approved OTC & prescription medications. If the Government entity that was designed to keep Americans from consuming harmfull food & drugs cannot get it right, then what makes the government think they should be able to successfully take over this nations healthcare system ?? Good grief !!
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