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Date:5/26/2010

itching or yellow skin or eyes, Pfanner said.

According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, 30 percent of American adults aged 20 and older -- more than 60 million people -- are obese. Another 36 percent are considered overweight.

Orlistat is also approved in some 100 countries, with an over-the-counter form available in the European Union.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about the safety of orlistat.



SOURCES: May 26, 2010, news release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Elaine Gansz Bobo, spokeswoman, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Eugene Schiff, M.D., professor, medicine, and director, Center for Liver Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Timothy Pfanner, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and gastroenterologist, Scott & White, Temple, Texas


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