GSK issues statements to assure consumers about Alli

GlaxoSmithKline is seeking to reassure consumers through statements that its weight loss drug Alli is safe and effective, following news reports that the Food and Drug...

GlaxoSmithKline is seeking to reassure consumers through statements that its weight loss drug Alli is safe and effective, following news reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is investigating the drug for possible liver damage.

Specifically, the company notes in September 2 statement: "The August 24th communication is part of FDA's current process of sharing information directly with consumers and healthcare professionals related to the safety monitoring of marketed drug products. This does not mean that the FDA has concluded there is a risk."

It also released a statement on August 25.

Alliconnect, a blog for the drug's launch, is no longer available although the print and video statements are also posted to the GSK Web site and the Alli Web site.

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