Xenical and Alli lawyers are product liability lawyers; that is, Xenical/Alli lawyers represent individuals who have been hurt by products that are defective or dangerous, whether the defect is due to negligence on the part of the manufacturer or other reasons. Xenical and Alli are linked to liver damage, an especially harmful medical condition that should not be the result of taking a prescribed (Xenical) or over-the-counter (Alli) weight loss aid.

Xenical/Alli Attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard

The product liability attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are very experienced and knowledgeable, with proven track records of success. They have obtained many significant court awards and settlements for their clients, and they welcome the opportunity to help individuals harmed by Xenical or Alli.

Much Criticism of Xenical and Alli

Alli and Xenical are taken by hundreds of thousands of people around the  world. Many public health advocates have been quite critical of these drugs, both of which are based on the active ingredient orlistat. Xenical was approved first by the FDA (in 1999) as a prescription drug, and when the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline wanted to get FDA approval for its over-the-counter (OTC) orlistat drug Alli, the public health advocacy group Public Citizen noted that:

  • “the switch of orlistat to OTC status would be a serious, dangerous mistake in light of its marginal benefits, frequent co-existence of other diseases, common, bothersome [gastrointestinal] adverse reactions, significant inhibition of absorption of fat soluble vitamins [A, D, K and E],” and more.

Minimal Benefits, Definite Risks

In fact, both Xenical and Alli have limited benefits as weight loss drugs. They must be used in concert with a low-fat, healthy diet and an exercise plan; even when used as directed, they simply help a user lose a bit more weight than if she or he used diet and exercise alone. As Public Citizen has noted, the risks of Xenical and Alli may well outweigh their minimal benefits.

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The FDA is acutely aware of the possible link between Alli, Xenical and liver damage, having received many reports of liver injuries among individuals who have taken these drugs. The FDA issued an early warning about this link in August 2009, and the agency has asked GlaxoSmithKline and Roche (the maker of Xenical) for all information the companies may have about liver injuries experienced by Alli or Xenical users.

Learn more about this issue and your legal rights as a healthcare consumer — contact Bernstein Liebhard to talk with a Xenical/Alli lawyer in a free Xenical/Alli lawsuit consultation.

Published November 17, 2011 by