A slimmming pill said to help women drop a dress size could be available over the counter within months. Taking an Alli tablet with every meal is claimed to cause 50 per cent more weight loss than willpower alone. The £1-a-day drug – the first of its kind to be sold without prescription – promises to cut the weight of men and women by between 5 and 10 per cent in four months. Around a quarter of those taking Alli are said to find their weight drops by at least a tenth. For an 11-stone woman, this would mean shedding more than a stone – or a dress size.
After a successful launch in the U.S., where sales have reached £75million in six months, GlaxoSmithKline is preparing to put Alli on chemists’ shelves in the UK. The pill is a half- strength version of the prescription- only Xenical and is intended to be a supplement to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
A spokesman said: “The bonus of taking it is that by just dieting and exercising you can safely lose two pounds in a week.
“We say you can lose 50 per cent more, so instead of losing two pounds, you lose three and reach your goal weight a little bit quicker.
“It’s a motivational thing.”
Glaxo has applied for a licence to sell Alli in Britain with a view to launching it next year. The drug will be displayed behind rather than in front of the counter, and packaging is likely to contain information on healthy eating and details of a weight-loss support website.
I don’t think slimming pills should be brought over the counter and should only be given via prescription from your doctor because women and men will over take the min dose to lose more weight.