FDA Considering Availability of Obesity Drug - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/23/06

FDA Considering Availability of Obesity Drug

An FDA advisory committee is considering whether to recommend making a weight loss drug available without a prescription.

The generic medication is called "Orlistat." Drug maker Glaxo-Smith-Kline told the committee Monday that the drug works by preventing the body from absorbing some fat and they believe it is effective and safe enough to be taken without a doctor's approval.

But don't get too excited, even the drug maker says Orlistat only works with diet and lifestyle changes.

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