FDA Approves Dangerous Fat-Blocker for OTC Market

Apparently, my worst fears about Xenical, the fat-blocking drug I warned you about late last year, have come true: GlaxoSmithKline received conditional approval yesterday from the FDA for an over-the-counter (OTC) version of the useless obesity drug.

The 60-milligram version, to be called Alli, comes in tablet form and is meant to be taken with meals. It blocks fat from being stored in the body, yet it also causes excess gas, oily discharge and other gastrointestinal problems. But, that's not all of them, and the very reason why Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to pull Xenical from the American market altogether.

In one study, Xenical was found to cause abnormal cell growth in the lining of the colon, an early cancer indicator. And, since Xenical has been approved as a prescription drug in America, 28 incidents of breast cancer have been reported, or 14 times the number who used the appetite depressant Meridia.

As I've said often, no one needs a health-harming drug or a needless medical procedure to lose weight effectively and safely when eating the right foods based on your body's unique nutritional type, starting an exercise routine and treating the emotional issues that brought you to this low place will do the trick.

CNN Money April 10, 2006

MSNBC April 10, 2006

Cancer Letters December 27, 2005

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