Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Alli / Orlistat linked to kidney, pancreas damage

GlaxoSmithKline has announced it's dropping the OTC version of Orlistat i.e. Alli, a diet drug from those drugs they sell. Ironically this announcement came after a study found a link between this drug and kidney damage as well as several cases of pancreatitis (last year the FDA warned of a possibility of liver toxicity from Orlistat):

The study reporting adverse effects of kidney and pancreas damage in a percentage of those using Orlistat or Alli

Cite: Weir MA, Beyea MM, Gomes T, et al. Orlistat and acute kidney injury: An analysis of 953 patients. Arch Intern Med 2011; 171:703-704. Abstract


E. Jane said...

Hi sue,

Very informative post, as usual. I am also wondering what you think about the current discussion that is in the media regarding the dangers of microwaving food. It sounds seriously risky.

Sue Joan said...

Hi E. Jane, thanks for your kind comment about my blog. I was about to answer your question and decided to do a bit of research to see just what were the claims. I wrote it up on another one of my blogs "Sue's Reality check". Hope you find it interesting:
Sue's Reality check - Microwaving - examining the risk claims


Bono said...

At first thanks for your post. Yeah, there are many kind drugs which really can damage the health instead of healing. I would love to check Sue's Reality check because to be confirmed because media can arise what they found but hope to get satisfied reasons.

Linda@ kidney stone diet