I hope I don’t get stuck sitting next to one of these “5 to 6 million” people.
Boxes of Alli, the first FDA-sanctioned diet drug to be sold without a prescription, are selling in huge numbers, despite the fact that the pill comes with the potential for extremely unpleasant and embarrassing side effects.
The manufacturer has predicted that 5 million to 6 million Americans a year will buy the drug.
The GlaxoSmithKline drug, which was introduced to the market several years ago in a prescription-only form called Xenical, blocks the absorption of about 25 percent of consumed fat. That would eliminate about 225 calories from a 3,000 calorie per day diet.
However, the drug can also result in loose stools and gas with an oily discharge. The drug’s official website states that, “It’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work,” if you take the drug.
Los Angeles Times June 15, 2007