Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Diet pill to go over the counter this Fri

The FDA has finally approved orlistat, better known by its prescription name brand xenical, to become available over the counter (OTC) this Friday, 6/15. The OTC version will be called alli.

Since the main side effects are loose, oily stools (steatorrhea), increased flatulence, and decreased absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene), I wonder if sales of Depends and multivitamins will increase.

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