On August 24, 2009, the FDA issued a serious warning about possible liver injuries associated with diet drug orlistat. The FDA received at least 32 reports of serious liver problems in orlistat users between 1999 and 2008 alone. Of these cases, 27 required hospitalization and six involved liver failure. The federal agency continues to investigate these and other reported cases of orlistat side effects to better understand these risks to public health.
The diet drugs posing potentially serious and life-threatening liver risks include:
- Orlistat (generic brand name)
- Tetrahydrolipstatin (generic brand name)
- Alli—an over-the-counter drug marketed by GlaxoSmithKline
- Xenical—a prescription drug marketed by Roche Pharmaceuticals
Our law firm is reviewing cases involving the injuries of liver problems, liver failure, and wrongful death. If you or a loved one has taken any of these medications and subsequently developed liver problems, or liver failure, it is important to contact a doctor as soon as possible. If you have suffered injuries related to orlistat use, speak with an attorney confidentially at no cost, and no obligation today by calling 888-876-7944 or using the email submission form in the top left part of your screen.