If you watch television, surf the Web, or read a magazine, you’ve likely seen prescription drug advertisements. Drug companies promote their products to consumers through these and other media.
However, drug companies promote their products to health care professionals in other ways. Representatives from drug firms market their products in places such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and at medical conventions.
The pharmaceutical industry spends nearly three times as much on advertising...
FDA has identified and reviewed 12 cases of severe liver injury reported in people taking Xenical and one case reported with the use of Alli. In some of these cases, other factors or drugs may have contributed to the development of severe liver injury.
A cause-and-effect relationship of severe liver injury with orlistat use has not been established; however, because of the seriousness of this possible side effect, FDA has revised the drug labels for Xenical and Alli to include new safety information about the rare occurrence of severe liver injury.