FDA: Beware of Counterfeit Weight-Loss Pills, "Alli", Sold Online

By: FDA
By: FDA

The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is warning the public about a counterfeit version of the weight-loss drug: Alli 60 mg. capsules (120 count refill pack,) being sold over the Internet, particularly at online auction sites.

Alli is a FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss produc The counterfeit product is illegal and unsafe. The FDA advises people who believe that they have a counterfeit product to dispose of it immediately. There is no evidence at this time that the counterfeit Alli product has been sold in retail stores.

How to Recognize the Counterfeit Alli:
The counterfeit Alli looks similar to the authentic product, however, listed below are some helpful distinguishing tips:

-Expiration date that includes the month, day, and year (e.g., 06162010); authentic Alli expiration date includes only the month and year (e.g.,: 05/12);

-Outer cardboard packaging missing a “Lot” code;

-FAKE Alli will NOT have the words "SEALED FOR YOUR PROTECTION" on the inner foil safety seal.

-FAKE Alli looks like large capsules with white powder, as opposed to small white pellets found in the real Alli

-FAKE Alli comes in a slightly taller plastic bottle with a wider cap and coarser ribbing on the cap than what is seen with the real Alli.

This excessive amount of sibutramine is dangerous to people who have a history of cardiovascular disease and can lead to:
-elevated blood pressure
-stroke
-heart attack

Even healthy people who take this much sibutramine can experience
-anxiety
-nausea
-heart palpitations
-a racing heart
-insomnia
-small increases in blood pressure

Consumers who believe they have received counterfeit Alli are asked to contact the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) by calling 800-551-3989


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