April Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: So Long, Organic Peppercorns

April Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: So Long, Organic Peppercorns

In our April Recall Roundup for food, supplements, and even a few over-the-counter drugs, the lemon cookies have peanut butter, the vegan hot chocolate mix has dairy, and a lot of organic peppercorns might be contaminated with salmonella. [More]

GSK has released these photos of what authentic alli products should look like so that customers can be on the lookout for tampered-with packaging and fake products.

Weight-Loss Drug Alli Recalled Over Tampering Concerns

Big pharma biggie GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has issued a recall all on all of its alli weight loss products in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, over concerns that packages may have been tampered with, resulting in some bottles containing something other than actual alli capsules. [More]

Counterfeit Alli Won't Cause Runs, Might Raise Blood Pressure

Counterfeit Alli Won't Cause Runs, Might Raise Blood Pressure

The Food and Drug Administration has warned shoppers to be on the lookout for counterfeit versions of the weight-loss drug Alli. The real version of Alli contains orlistat, a drug with side effects that include “an urgent need to defecate,” as those with delicate sensibilities like to put it. The fakes are made with sibutramine, a controlled substance that has been linked to high blood pressure in some studies. [More]

Glaxo Funding Fat Film To Promote Poop-Causing Drug

Glaxo Funding Fat Film To Promote Poop-Causing Drug

In an effort to get more people to try Alli — an over-the-counter weight-loss drug with side effects that include what our friends at Consumer Reports Health delicately refer to as “an urgent need to defecate” — drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has decided to make a movie about the dangers of overeating. And they’ve chosen the Creative Coalition, an advocacy group that includes Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon among its members, to make the film. [More]

Have You Taken Alli Or Xenical? We Want To Hear From You

Have You Taken Alli Or Xenical? We Want To Hear From You

Have you or someone you know taken the weight loss drug Orlistat, marketed as Alli (OTC) and Xenical (prescription)? Our colleagues at Consumer Reports would like to know what kind of side effects you’ve experienced for a future article, no matter how disgusting.

People Are Stealing Alli, The OTC Weight Loss Drug

People Are Stealing Alli, The OTC Weight Loss Drug

Walmart blog “Behind the Counter” has some interesting anecdotal evidence to present to the internet: People are stealing the new weight-loss drug, Alli, like crazy. BTC wants his Walmart to lock up the drug, but they refuse…claiming that they’ll lose sales if people can only buy it during pharmacy hours.

Drug Company VP Admits New Diet Drug Made Him Crap His Pants

“You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of your treatment effects, it’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work. “

There’s nothing to be ashamed about. Even GSK VP Steve Burton admitted to having “one experience like that.” Oily rectal spotting, you are just the price we must pay for thinness. Well, that… and $1 a day. —MEGHANN MARCO

First FDA Approved OTC Weight-Loss Drug: "Alli"

An obesity specialist in Washington, Dr. Arthur Frank, said Alli had a safe track record and could help patients lose 5 to 10 percent of their weight. On the negative side, Alli can cause annoying side effects including diarrhea and oily stools.