alli® Weightloss Products Recalled

The popular weight loss supplement, alli®, has been voluntarily recalled by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), reporting that packages of the product were tampered with and contain ingredients that are not authentic to alli®. The company says it is committed to finding out how the products got into the bottles of the weight loss supplement.

Various Shapes and Colors

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consumers in seven states reported that the bottles of alli® purchased contained a variety of pills in different shapes and colors. In some cases, the label on the bottle was missing and the tamper-resistant seals were not authentic. The products were purchased in retail stores. alli® is a turquoise capsule with a dark blue band imprinted with “60 Orlistat.”

Company Statement

According to GSK spokespersons, the company has posted an alert on their website and issued news releases regarding the problem. The company says that the weight loss supplement is packaged in a labeled bottle and should have an inner foil seal with the words “Sealed for Your Protection.” GSK says that the investigation is ongoing and that consumers are asked to return bottles to the company so that they can be examined.

Drug Information

alli® is approved for over-the-counter use, and is used in conjunction with a low fat diet for weight loss. It was launched in the United States in 2007, but sales have not reached the predicted $500 million to $1 billion predicted initially. Clinical trials show that, when used with diet and exercise, alli® can help people lose 50 percent more weight. In the past, the drug has been linked to liver failure, pancreatitis and kidney stones. In addition, users have reported unpleasant side effects after taking the weight loss supplement if they stray too far from the low fat diet that is recommended by the manufacturer.