January 23, 2006
Glaxo OTC weight drug is effective -FDA panel
BETHESDA, Maryland (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's low-dose
version of Xenical is effective in helping people lose weight
when used without a prescription for six months, a U.S.
advisory panel said unanimously on Monday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel of outside
advisers is weighing whether the drug should be approved for
Some members of the panel, which must still consider
whether the drug is safe, expressed concern about whether the
nonprescription version would be effective long-term.