GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of alli weight loss pills, have issued a voluntary recall of all alli products. According to a press release on March 27, "The company believes that some packages of the product were tampered with and may contain product that is not authentic alli." The weight loss product is sold in the United States and Puerto Rico. This is a retailer-level recall and consumers who believe they have alli that has been tampered with should call GlaxoSmithKline at (800)671-2554(800)671-2554.
Customers from seven states contacted GlaxoSmithKline with reports that the capsules or tablets did not look right - the pills did not looks as they had in the past. Consumers reported a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors that were not the standard turquoise blue capsule, with a dark blue band, imprinted with the text "60 Oristat." Some bottles had poorly made replica tamper-evident seals. The bottles of alli in question were all purchased at retail stores, not ordered online.
Alli works by preventing 25% of fat consumed by dieters from being absorbed by the intestines. Many dieters are happy with the product, although it has some unpleasant side effects. The most embarrassing side effect is the urgency to use the restroom and this can be a problem when a dieter has to be out in public. Pharmacists warn first-time alli users to wear dark pants, take a change of clothes to work, or try alli over a long weekend at home to see how they will react to it. Even though the side effects are unpleasant, many dieters have had success with alli and continue to use it.
According to the official press release, GlaxoSmithKline states, “We are committed to finding out what happened and to doing everything possible to prevent future issues with alli. We regret any inconvenience caused by this retailer recall.”
A consumer alert has been posted at myalli.com along with a press release about the recall and tampering.