Fat pill

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I would guess we will all be hearing quite a lot about this fat pill soon, especially if it will be sold over the counter. I mean, come on, how many millions of American have bought into the “thin is in” paradigm but don't want to exercise or (perish the thought) change their diets?

Glaxo Weight-Loss Drug Alli Wins Nonprescription Usage - WSJ.com

GlaxoSmithKline PLC's Alli won approval from federal regulators to become the first weight-loss drug available without a prescription in the U.S., though the product's sometimes-unpleasant side effects may limit widespread use.
The Food and Drug Administration said it will allow over-the-counter use of the drug only for overweight adults when combined with a program that includes a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet and an exercise program. Alli, known generically as orlistat, is sold at a higher dose as the prescription drug Xenical by Roche Holding AG.
GlaxoSmithKline said it will price Alli at about $2 for three capsules, which is a typical day's dose of the drug, and will sell it widely in drugstores, grocery stores and other outlets where nonprescription drugs are sold.

but perhaps the news/PR will focus on:

The new drug will also have to overcome consumers' concerns about unpleasant digestive side effects that can include incontinence and oily stools.

which doesn't really interest me much.


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No diet pills for me; actually, diet is already hard. Being without the Internet was worse.

One of these bypass surgeries makes stools stink all the way to heaven. Yikes!

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