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whether there would be any lasting benefit "There is no magic pill for weight loss and counter sales of a weight-loss pill now sold orlistat is not a magic pill. Orlistat is a tool that will help people control their calorie intake and modify their diet," said John GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare seeks Dent, the pharmaceutical company's senior to sell a nonprescription version of orlistat, a vice president of research and development. drug marketed as Xenical, that overweight adults could use as a weight-loss aid. The bag contents are subject to change based on availability. Public Citizen urged the panel to reject the prescription version of the fat -blocking pill "desperate attempt to revive this barely A joint FDA advisory committee was to vote on whether to recommend approval late Mon- Deborah Fisher, a nurse from the Baltimore day. The agency usually follows the recom- area, told the panel: "We need this new mendations of its outside panels of experts. solution to losing weight and keeping it nonprescription weight-loss drugs for sale. "Eat less, move more: It sounds pretty sim- In six-month clinical trials, obese people who ple, doesn't it? Well, as my kids say, not!" took orlistat lost on average 5.3 pounds to 6.2 said Fisher, adding that she's dieted for 45 pounds more than did those who were given dummy pills. Glaxo wants people to use it for only six months at a time, but as an over-the- The proposed over-the-counter orlistat pill, counter item, its use could not be policed. called Alli (pronounced "ally"), would con- tain half the dose of the prescription cap- However, the pill's effect ends once its use is stopped, said Dr. Julie Golden, a medical officer in the FDA's division of metabolism week, Glaxo said. The company estimated 5 study showed a progressive weight gain in million to 6 million Americans a year would the items we’ve ordered, which makes it difficult for us to fulfill patients after they discontinued use of orl- buy the drug if offered over the counter. "I am concerned that this, while in the short term may be useful, in the long term it may not be," said FDA panel member Dr. Neal tioned whether consumers would be able to distinguish Alli from non-approved dietary supplements also sold as weight-loss aids. Glaxo said the drug helps the overweight slim They also expressed concern about its effect exercise regimen. The drug's actual effect on on vitamin intake. Half of the patients en- weight loss is "gradual and modest," said rolled in trials of the drug failed to under- rectly stated that the drug was inappropriate for them, according to stand labeling directions that they should take supplemental vita- mins at least two hours before or after using the pills. Those results worried FDA reviewers, who questioned the risk of The drug also could cause problems for organ transplant patients selling the drug directly to consumers "without the principal in- taking the drug cyclosporine as well as those on warfarin, a blood volvement of a learned intermediary," or prescribing doctor. thinner. The drug's label would warn such patients against taking The reviewers also expressed concern about the increased potential for abuse or misuse of a prescription-free version of the drug, es- When taken with meals, orlistat blocks the absorption of about pecially among bulimics or binge-eaters who could develop vita- one-quarter of any fat consumed. That fat -- the equivalent of about 150 to 200 calories -- is passed out of the body in stools, which can be loose or oily as a result. Other side effects include The company said there was a "very low" potential for abuse, with gas, incontinence and oily spotting. About half of patients in trials only four published reports of bulimics using the drug. More than experienced such side effects, the company said. 22 million people worldwide have used orlistat in prescription Furthermore, just 35 percent of diabetes patients in a study cor- Swiss Chard with Carrots
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Alton's Meat Loaf
• 2 cups chopped leeks, white part only • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds • 2 cups fresh green beans, broken or cut into 3/4 -inch pieces • 4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes • 1/4 cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, corn kernels, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approxi- mately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with kosher salt. Serve immediately.

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