The Food and Drug Administration has approved alli for over-the-counter use as a weight loss product. And that makes alli different. While the market is flooded with weight loss dietary supplements, those products don’t have the approval of the FDA. Only alli does.
Why is FDA approval so important?
If you’ve ever seen weight loss products in the grocery store, skimmed through magazines, or watched an infomercial, you know the weight loss industry is growing.
The amount of total sales for unproven weight loss products is unknown, but it’s big. There are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of weight loss products available today.
But only alli has been judged by the FDA to be a safe and effective, over-the-counter weight loss product. FDA approval makes alli different from all the others.
What’s driving the confusion over weight loss aids?
You’ve probably tried other weight loss products and programs. So you know there’s a lot of choices available and a lot of confusion. Did you ever wonder why more and more products are coming to the market? Read on to learn how a federal law opened the door on weight loss product development.
DSHEA becomes law
In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) changed how the FDA views weight loss products. The new law shifted the FDA’s role from pre-market clearance to post-market enforcement. It also passed the responsibility of making sure products are safe from the government to the weight loss industry.
What that means is, the law created a definition for a class of products called “dietary supplements” and said that these products are “foods.” The effect? Two classes of weight loss products were created.
The first class includes products that treat obesity and non-dietary supplements meant for weight control. These products still have to get pre-market approval. The second class includes dietary supplements for weight control. For these products, statements on the label have to be truthful and not misleading.
But in the case of the second group, these products don’t have to have pre-market approval. The FDA is not required to make sure the manufacturers have evidence of efficacy or safety. So the weight loss dietary supplements you see and hear about are not required to prove that they work — unlike prescription or FDA approved non-prescription drugs, which must have evidence from clinical trials.
alli is safe when used as directed
alli is not a weight loss dietary supplement. alli has been tested and has proven it works safely and effectively. alli is safe when used as directed because it works in the digestive system, not the heart or the brain. And alli includes an individually tailored online action plan developed by nutrition and weight management experts who understand the challenge of losing weight — and how to lose it safely.