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April 22, 2011

Citizens group wants weight loss drug taken off the shelves

alli weight loss drugAs we shed the bulky sweaters and heavy coats for warmer weather, the extra pounds we put on over the winter become more noticeable.

Some of us will be looking at ways to slim down so we can wear sundresses and sleeveless shirts.

One group is warning against using the over-the-counter drug Alli to aid in our weight loss efforts.

Public Citizen wrote a petition to the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month saying Alli, and its prescription form Xenical, should be removed from shelves because it can damage the liver, cause kidney stones and result in acute pancreatitis.

The group said the risks of the drugs outweigh the benefits. They also note that the benefits are questionable because the weight loss isn't much more than if people would just diet or exercise.

“These drugs have the potential to cause significant damage to multiple critical organs, yet they provide meager benefits in reducing weight loss in obese and overweight patients," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Any of you have experiences with the drugs? Were you able to lose weight?

Posted by Andrea Walker at 2:00 PM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Diet and exercise

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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