Sunday, June 10, 2007
Steven Burton, vice-president weight control division of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, displays a starter pack of alli in New York on May 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Any known side-effects before this drug is launched on the public?
We don't want to hear 5 years down the line that it causes adverse side effects do we?
Is it safe for pregnant mothers, teenagers, men, women?
Will the patient information leaflet contain ALL the known side effects?
Will GlaxoSmithKline employ ghostwriter's to 'big up' the advantages of taking this pill?
Will GlaxoSmithKline post testimonials on its website?
So what do we know about this new diet pill Alli?
The Prescription Access Litigation Project has already handed out a Bitter Pill award for Alli.
They claim Alli's side effects include some pretty drastic loose-bowel-movement risks and also believe teens with eating disorders should have to go through a doctor before trying it.
Not a very good start is it? Hey don't worry I'm sure GlaxoSmithKline have a drug to cure loose bowel movement so your'e in safe hands folks.
I've not seen the Alli commercial yet but I have been told it DOES NOT list any of the side effects, apparently they don't have to!
If Ebay is anything to go by then GlaxoSmithKline have a nice little earner on their hands, it's currently priced at US $49.99
Just remember this quote from Steve Burton, GlaxoSmithKline's vice president, weight division:
"We've done everything to go out of our way to be honest,"
Will this quote be as infamous as Alistair Benbow's:
"I think patients have nothing to fear from taking Seroxat."
Time will tell