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Liver Damage Reports being investigated by FDA – Alli Weight Loss Pills

Posted Aug 25 2009 5:55pm

As of now the advice is to continue on as normal as the numbers appear small in number and the FDA with it’s new standards does investigate all reports made and thus far has not established a relationship between the liver problems and the drug.  BD

Regulators said Monday they have received more than 30 reports of liver damage in patients taking alli and Xenical, the prescription image version of the drug. The reports, submitted between 1999 and October 2008, included 27 hospitalized patients, and six who suffered liver failure.

Alli and Xenical are both marketed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC, though Xenical is manufactured by Swiss firm Roche.

Regulators said Monday they have received more than 30 reports of liver damage in patients taking alli and Xenical, the prescription version of the drug. The reports, submitted between 1999 and October 2008, included 27 hospitalized patients, and six who suffered liver failure.

Alli and Xenical are both marketed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC, though Xenical is manufactured by Swiss firm Roche.The FDA first approved Xenical in 1999 and alli in 2007. The prescription pill is twice as potent as alli, which can be bought over the counter. Glaxo reported $123 million in sales for alli last year, while Roche posted $472 million in revenue for Xenical.

FDA Probes Liver Damage With Weight Loss Pill Alli - ABC News

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