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Weight Loss Drug Changes Label to Reflect Liver Injury Risk


The Food and Drug Administration recently revealed more than a dozen cases of severe injuries to patient’s livers who used the drug orlistat for a duration of nearly ten years, said a New York Injury Lawyer.

Orlistat, also known as Alli and Xenical, will be changing its label to reflect these new risks, which were uncovered by the FDA’s review, according to New York Injury Lawyers.

The new label will include safety information warning patients that Orlistat will increase their risk for severe liver injury when taken over a period of ten years.

Lawyers clarified that the drug Orlistat does not “cause” liver injury so patients should be told to contact physicians and other health care professionals only if they experience symptoms that may include but are not limited to itchy, yellow eyes or skin, dark urine, light colored stool and/or a loss of appetite. Doctors in Staten Island and Westchester County look for these signs before they treat the illness.

Authorities estimate that nearly 40 million people worldwide have used Alli or Xenical and so far one case of liver injury has been reported in the United States involving Alli and twelve cases of liver injury have been reported in foreign countries involving Xenical.

It is strongly recommended to discontinue use of the drug Orlistat if any of these symptoms should or arise of if liver injury is suspected. Physicians and Healthcare professionals should report any of these findings to the FDA right away.

An Orlistat representative was not available for comment, according to New York City Injury Lawyers.

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