The FDA usually follows the recommendation of its advisory committees. Full FDA approval could be months away.
* If you have diabetes, its advisable to consult with your doctor before taking non-prescription orlistat (Alli). Its use may necessitate changes to diabetes medications.
GlaxoSmithKline's Press Release:
FDA Joint Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of Orlistat 60 MG Capsules for Over-the-counter Use
Diet Pill Gets Closer to Store Shelves
FDA Panel Recommends OTC Weight-Loss Pill