Some Question FDA Decision On Fat Blocking Drug

The battle of the bulge is an issue that affects millions of Americans. Many of these folks may have been prescribed the drug Xenical by their doctors. That drug will now soon be available over the counter to anyone who wants it.

It's prescribed for morbidly obese patients. Its maker says Xenical works by blocking about one-third of the fat in the food you eat from being digested.

However, experts say it also causes frequent bowel movements, and has serious side effects like diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea even death.

Penny Parker, a nurse practitioner at Croatan Primary Care in Jacksonville says she is surprised by the Food and Drug Administration decision.

The over the counter version of the drug will be called Alli when it hits stores shelves this summer.

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