Lancet editorial: OTC orlistat not in the public interest

Orlistat should not be available over-the-counter, according to a Lancet editorial. Orlistat recently received OTC approval in Europe and is already available OTC in the USA. According to the editorial, “better accessibility to orlistat may not necessarily be in the best interests of the public. Orlistat has limited effect in the management of obesity—the average weight loss per year is only 2.5 kg. Making this drug available OTC will add false credibility to the notion that there is an easy pill-popping solution to obesity rather than long-term lifestyle changes.”

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