GlaxoSmithKline has issued a warning to consumers that some bottles of its alli over-the-counter weight-loss aid have been subject to tampering.


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GSK issues alert on alli product tampering

March 26th, 2014

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – GlaxoSmithKline has issued a warning to consumers that some bottles of its alli over-the-counter weight-loss aid have been subject to tampering.

GSK said Wednesday that it has begun an investigation of the situation and is working with the Food and Drug Administration.

The company reported that the tampered alli product may have an authentic-looking outer carton, but the bottle may not have a label and may contain a range of tablets and capsules of various shapes and colors. In addition, the bottle's tamper-evident seal may not be intact, not be made of foil and/or not have the authentic alli wording: "Sealed for your Protection."

GSK also noted that with the tampered product, the lot numbers and expiration dates on the bottle don't match the lot number and expiration date on the outer carton.

To date, the company said, some bottles with the following lot numbers and expiration dates on the carton have been reported  by consumers as containing product other than alli: carton lot 14372 with expiration 02/28/2016; carton lot 14395 with expiration 02/28/2016; carton lot 14124 with expiration 09/30/2015; carton lot 14267 with expiration 01/31/2016; and carton lot 14442 with expiration 04/30/2016.

"These tampered products were reportedly purchased by consumers at retail stores in the following seven states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina and Texas," GSK stated.

Authentic alli is a turquoise blue capsule with a dark blue band, and it's packaged in a labeled bottle that has an inner foil seal imprinted with the words "Sealed for your Protection," the company said, adding that the same lot and expiration date codes should be printed on the bottle label and the outer carton.

GSK is urging consumers to not use the product if these authentic alli features are not present, or if they have any concerns.

Alli (orlistat capsules, 60 mg) is the only FDA-approved OTC weight-loss aid clinically proven to help boost weight-loss efforts. The product is intended for weight loss in overweight adults when used with a reduced-calorie and low fat diet.

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