Alli Slimming Pills 2009

Alli Slimming PillsWith the sheer volume of promotion and column inches devoted to Alli, it should have been and would have been the best selling non prescription slimming pill of all time.

The FDA’s (Food and Drugs Administration) approval gave Alli a unique status.

FDA approval is something that is usually reserved for anti obesity medication that cannot be purchased without prior GP consultation and no other commercially available or over the counter slimming pill has (to date) been awarded this status.

GlaxoSmithKline manufacture Alli and from a marketing perspective Alli has should have been one of if not the best selling slimming pills of 2008.  From a consumer perspective Alli was a huge disappointment.

Currently Boots the Chemist stock Alli both in store and online – Visit Boots costing £32.95 for a week supply and £49.95 for the full month

The cheapest price however is via online UK registered chemists such as Slimming.com£38.00 for the full month (82 pack) for quantity purchases.

Alli was released around 18 months ago in the United States first and billed as  the $1 a day anti obesity drug that could help dieters to experience Rapid Weight Loss, Alli has been plagued with consumer reports and cause for concern over a side effect that is not so much dangerous but hugely embarrassing.

View the original Alli Review for more detail regarding the side effect that has kept consumers never too far from a bathroom or public convenience.

As as far as potential customers in the UK and Europe are concerned purchases up until now would have to be made from American online based websites such as HealthBuy. But recently, Alli has been awarded the seal of approval by Europe’s medicine watchdog and could be available in the UK and Europe as early as May 2009.

Alli Clinical Trials

Alli is a lower strength version of the prescription only anti obesity drug Orlistat, better name under the brand name of Xenical.

To date the clinical trials involving Alli have not been put under the microscope or replicated – The connection and association with Xenical and of course GlaxoSmithKline is an obvious help.

Dr Vidhu Bansal-Dev, of GlaxoSmithKline’s American weight loss and health and wellbeing advisor, said: “It (Alli) is the most extensively studied weight-loss drug on the planet and proven to be beneficial to those wanting to lose weight.”

But Gareth Williams, professor of medicine at Bristol University, doubts that the results gathered from the clinical studies on highly motivated individuals will be replicated among the general public who are not under controlled “workshop” conditions

He (Gareth Williams) wrote in the British Medical Journal: ‘Taking it (Alli) without medical supervision may achieve an average daily energy deficit of only 100 kcal – equivalent of leaving a few chips on a plate or eating an apple instead of ice cream.’

He also wrote that taking Alli was the equivalent of having “10 to 20 minutes of sex”.

Other Slimming Pills To Consider

LipobindLipobind – a non prescription fat binder that can block the absorption of fat. Uses a similar technology to Alli but is based around more natural ingredients and so less likely to cause side effects. Lipobind is available to buy without the need for a prescription. More about Lipobind

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ProactolProactol – another clinically proven fat stopper. Proactol carries independent accreditation and is Medical Device Type 1. Proactol is available to buy without prescription and also contains only natural ingredients. More about Proactol