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OTC DIET DRUG

ANCHOR LEAD:  IS A FORMER PRESCRIPTION DIET MEDICATION WORTH BUYTING OVER THE COUNTER?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Orlistat is the name of a prescription medication that blocks fat absorbtion and may aid in weight loss efforts.  It will now be sold over the counter as Alli, albeit in a slightly reduced dosage.  Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins weight management center, says the prescription medication wasn’t all that successful.

CHESKIN:  It is certainly repackaging a medication that was not wildly popular at a lower dose, for the general public, without a prescription required.  And that certainly can lead to greater sales.  Whether it will have much of a benefit depends on what else people do along with it.  If they do change their diet and their physical activity level then it will certainly be effective.                ;21

People who chose to use Alli should know that high fat consumption will likely lead to unpleasant gastrointestinal effects.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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