Alli Update

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

"We actually had people out here asking for them, and we'd have to go back and unpack them out of the order to get them for them."

That was roughly two months ago -- when the only FDA approved over the counter weight loss pill, Alli, finally became available. But Capitol Pharmacy Pharmacist Polly Cove says that's all changed. One starter kit has been sitting on the shelf since the end of June, waiting to be sold.

"I think the initial hype, the people that wanted to try it got right on it and tried it," says Cove. "They're either taking it or it hasn't worked out for them."

In fact, at the Target in South Lansing, there's an entire endcap full of Alli starter kits. And if it's any indication of how sales are going there's been a price cut of ten dollars.

"A lot of times you lose your patience with things like this or you get bored," explains registered dietitian Kathryn Stein. "And you fall off and go back to your old habits."

Alli works by taking one pill with each meal. It blocks about 25 percent of the fat you've eaten.

"It can be helpful, but you do need the discipline that any weight loss program needs in order to be successful," Stein says.

But as far as Alli's success, that's still to be determined, now that the interest has died down.


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