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CA: New diet drug touches off a feeding frenzy
Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/15/07 | Carla Hall

Posted on 06/15/2007 10:23:39 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim

At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, 12 boxes of alli, the first FDA-sanctioned diet drug to be sold without a prescription, were placed on the top shelf of a Santa Monica Walgreens' diet section. Four hours later, all but one had been sold.

"I have never in my life experienced anything like this," store manager Roe Love, a pharmacist for 20 years, said as she eyed the empty space next to the last box of 90 capsules selling for $59.99.

The fact that the product is kept with the rest of the diet drugs under locked glass on the shelf — to prevent theft — didn't deter people from requesting it.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: California
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1 posted on 06/15/2007 10:23:41 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim
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To: kiriath_jearim
"Wake me up when the feeding frenzy starts."


2 posted on 06/15/2007 10:30:28 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: kiriath_jearim

Anyone going to try it?


3 posted on 06/15/2007 10:31:19 AM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: svcw

LOL... the manufacturer’s suggestion to “wear dark pants” and “bring a change of clothes with you” has deterred me from trying it.


4 posted on 06/15/2007 10:32:28 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket
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To: kiriath_jearim

Nothing beats legitimate Hoodia. Nothing.


5 posted on 06/15/2007 10:33:13 AM PDT by montag813
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To: So Cal Rocket

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,282617,00.html

some details re the drug.....


6 posted on 06/15/2007 10:35:22 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: montag813

What’s your experience?


7 posted on 06/15/2007 10:35:30 AM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: montag813

how can you tell it’s legit


8 posted on 06/15/2007 10:35:39 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: svcw

But it can also result in what the manufacturer describes as loose stools and gas with an oily discharge. “It’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work,” the drug’s official website says. (The drug maker’s literature and website say side effects can be minimized with a low-fat, reduced-calorie diet.)

No thanks


9 posted on 06/15/2007 10:35:57 AM PDT by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
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To: So Cal Rocket

anal leakage!!


10 posted on 06/15/2007 10:36:09 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Dumpster Baby
"Wake me up when the feeding frenzy starts."

No way. Means more for me.


11 posted on 06/15/2007 10:36:23 AM PDT by ladtx ("You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks." Will Rogers)
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To: svcw
What are treatment effects? alli™ works by preventing the absorption of some of the fat you eat. The fat passes out of your body, so you may have bowel changes, known as treatment effects. You may get: * gas with oily spotting * loose stools * more frequent stools that may be hard to control What to expect The excess fat that passes out of your body is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza. Eating a low-fat diet lowers the chance of these bowel changes. Limit fat intake in your meals to an average of 15 grams.

You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it's probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work You may not usually get gassy, but it's a possibility when you take alli. The bathroom is really the best place to go when that happens

After reading that, no thank you! :)

12 posted on 06/15/2007 10:36:32 AM PDT by StayoutdaBushesWay
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To: GQuagmire

Just left Costco and walked by the display with the bottles 3x!!! It was $65.00 for a bottle fo 150. All aI could think of was the diarhea factor!!! Can you imagine walking and.....anyway also selling the Alli diet book next to pills. I finally decided to wait to hear what someone who has used it has to say.


13 posted on 06/15/2007 10:38:21 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: ladtx
So stuffed!


14 posted on 06/15/2007 10:41:07 AM PDT by rednesss
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay

Well I guess that Depends.


15 posted on 06/15/2007 10:41:59 AM PDT by rednesss
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To: LYSandra

after paying 65.00 for a bottle of this stuff you can’t afford anything to eat.so you loose weight, pretty simple.


16 posted on 06/15/2007 10:43:31 AM PDT by old gringo
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To: LYSandra
If it can work for me, it can work for you!


17 posted on 06/15/2007 10:44:55 AM PDT by rednesss
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To: GQuagmire
(The drug maker’s literature and website say side effects can be minimized with a low-fat, reduced-calorie diet.)

If one is willing and able to maintain a low-fat, reduced-calorie diet then drugs are superfluous.

18 posted on 06/15/2007 10:45:11 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: kiriath_jearim

Hope this isn’t being used on the Sheryl Crowe bus tour.


19 posted on 06/15/2007 10:46:00 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: kiriath_jearim

I don’t even want to visit any restrooms after an Alli customer leaves. Guess the stock in gas-masks just went up.

Uhhhhhhhh!!!!!


20 posted on 06/15/2007 10:46:33 AM PDT by billygoatgruff
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To: billygoatgruff

Everybody likes their own brand.


21 posted on 06/15/2007 10:47:30 AM PDT by rednesss
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To: svcw
Anyone going to try it?

It sounds as though one has to be very cognizant and disciplined in the amount of fat one injests or else they have some not so pleasant problems, but sure. If I am going to go through all the trouble to follow the sort of lower fat eating they suggest as I usually do when I am trying to lose weight why not do something that will help me lose up to 50% more atleast for a short time as motivation.

Overall though it is long term changes. I just find as one gets older even with massive exercise and correct eating it sure takes forever to lose 5 lbs or more and that can be very frustrating. I think that is why this would appeal to me IF I ever decided to use it.

Them main accomplishment though for me or anyone would be to stop the yoyo dieting that is so very detrimental to body and soul. Anyone else?

22 posted on 06/15/2007 10:48:12 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: montag813

Where can you get real hoodia? I’ve lost 60 pounds the old fashioned way (diet and excercise, ick) but I have 50 to go. The more I lose, the harder it is to keep loosing. I’d love a boost, but I don’t want to be ripped off.


23 posted on 06/15/2007 10:49:11 AM PDT by justanotherfreeper
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To: montag813; justanotherfreeper
Nothing beats legitimate Hoodia. Nothing.

What is hoodia?

24 posted on 06/15/2007 10:54:53 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: griswold3

Our favorite line from when it still required an RX was “fatty stools that float.”


25 posted on 06/15/2007 11:03:27 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: rednesss; ladtx

LOL, good ones!


26 posted on 06/15/2007 11:03:56 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: kiriath_jearim

Sounds like Olestra. I love chips made with Olestra and I never had any “leakage” problems. Maybe you have to eat several bags.


27 posted on 06/15/2007 11:04:01 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: montag813

But where can you get “legitimate” hoodia???


28 posted on 06/15/2007 11:05:55 AM PDT by TheBattman (I've got TWO QUESTIONS for you....)
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To: montag813
Haven't tried Hoodia (an appetite suppressant) but found that EC stack (ephedrine plus caffeine, see also http://www.mesomorphosis.com/articles/haycock/ephedrine-and-beta-adrenergic-receptors.htm) to be good for fat loss while retaining lean muscle mass (at a calorie deficit, your body "metabolizes muscle tissue preferentially to fat tissue" to put it colloquially). EC also has (temporary - you have to cycle it to retain the effect) appetite suppressing properties.
29 posted on 06/15/2007 11:10:49 AM PDT by M203M4 (Vote Fruity Giuliani or the terrists will win! Abortion & gun control = price for freedumb!)
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To: kiriath_jearim

The two major factors in the American obesity epidemic:

1. Malnutrition (No I am not kidding, and it doesn’t matter if every meal is nutritious, again I am not kidding)

2. Effect of bromides on the thyroid.

Many diet products such as ‘Hoodia’ will perform adsorption blocks. The same can be achieved with grinding up shellfish if one is not allergic. But such ‘tricks’ do not nourish the body and will not relieve cravings.


30 posted on 06/15/2007 11:13:05 AM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
It's an herb from Africa (Hoodia gordonii) that supresses appetite. It's been talked about on Oprah and all that.

The problem is, the herb is rare (only the one grown in south Africa has the chemical that kills appetite) and lots of people who claim they are selling hoodia either aren't or are selling it mixed in with other stuff. Some study (can't remember who did it) said over half the "hoodia" on the market contained NO hoodia at all. So I'm sticking to diet and excercise for now. It's slow, but it works. (And this "alli" thing is gross, I'm dieting to be more attractive, I'm not sure but I'm betting "anal leakage" is not a good look.)

31 posted on 06/15/2007 11:13:34 AM PDT by justanotherfreeper
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To: kiriath_jearim

Anything that helps people avoid actually pushing themselves away from the Golden Corral buffet or exercising. Disgusting.


32 posted on 06/15/2007 11:14:25 AM PDT by manic4organic (Send a care package through USO today.)
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To: GQuagmire

Drink a glass of milk and slide to work.


33 posted on 06/15/2007 11:14:25 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

I think Lucianne says it best. ‘If you have to spend your life in the smallest room in the house, who’s going to know you’re skinny?’


34 posted on 06/15/2007 11:17:55 AM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
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To: justanotherfreeper

I think you may be right!


35 posted on 06/15/2007 11:18:59 AM PDT by Danae (Anail nathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do chel denmha (Smoke clears and Fred Thompson is President))
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To: justanotherfreeper

Thanks for the reply. I’ve never heard of it before.

I never thought I’d find myself in this position, being thin all of my life, but this year I hit a point where the weight came on and despite excercise and diet, the weight loss isn’t happening.

I don’t think I’d want to try any new product though. Usually a year later some kind of health risk with the new product is discovered. And I definitely wouldn’t deal with the anal leakage. Gross!


36 posted on 06/15/2007 11:19:31 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: kiriath_jearim

I already have the side effects and I have only READ about it.


37 posted on 06/15/2007 11:19:45 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I Love TEXAS!)
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To: Tennessee_Bob

My recently graduated pharmacist daughter will love that line! BTW, she does not recommend it, noting there is still a recommended diet to follow in the instructions. She suggests to throw away the pills,follow the diet, and add exercise for the same results.


38 posted on 06/15/2007 11:24:09 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Old Professer
LOL. All joking aside, except when combined with instant diarrhea sauce, milk is actually excellent for fat loss and muscle retention (the casein is the component in milk that is beneficial - cottage cheese is tops in that regard).
39 posted on 06/15/2007 11:48:17 AM PDT by M203M4 (Vote Fruity Giuliani or the terrists will win! Abortion & gun control = price for freedumb!)
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To: kiriath_jearim
the buzz around this reincarnation, dubbed Alli, centers on its effectiveness and its less pleasurable side effects, like oily stools and gas with oily discharge.

eeeeew I think I'll stick with eating less and exercising more.

40 posted on 06/15/2007 12:45:46 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

bump!


41 posted on 06/15/2007 3:33:29 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: montag813

Why’s that?


42 posted on 06/15/2007 3:35:08 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: montag813

I lost 13 lbs over 6 weeks with Costco Hoodia, and kept it off for two months now.


43 posted on 06/15/2007 3:46:12 PM PDT by Plutarch (Bush is a coward to the left and a tyrant to the right.)
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To: Plutarch

Did you have any side effects from taking the Hoodia? I tried an otc diet pill once and it made me very jumpy and jittery.


44 posted on 06/15/2007 8:15:17 PM PDT by kmiller1k (remain calm)
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To: kmiller1k
Did you have any side effects from taking the Hoodia?

Nope. Neither has the other people I know that have tried it.

I think that Costco Hoodia has actual Hoodia in it. It seems to work too well to be fake.

Another similar cactus like plant with reputed appetite suppressant effect is Caralluma fimbriata . It has been eaten as a garnish in India for centuries, and thus has a tremendous safety record.

45 posted on 06/15/2007 11:44:28 PM PDT by Plutarch (Bush is a coward to the left and a tyrant to the right.)
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