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Here’s your comprehensive source for where to get information on Alli out of stock! I have covered a previous Alli shortage in 2012. I will keep you updated as I get news on Alli’s availability.

10/30/14 UPDATE: With Alli being off the shelves since the spring, I’m seeing a lot of consumer concern on social media and in the comments here. I’m continuing to follow the @myalli account on Twitter, and this is the latest according to a tweet sent on October 10:

As far as I have seen on Twitter, Alli has been very responsive to consumer concerns, replying to questions, giving out their phone number to receive complaints, etc. Remember I am not working for Alli, I don’t get squat for this other than the opportunity to provide a public service.

A couple of months ago someone on Twitter contacted me and likened this recall to the recall resulting from the Chicago Tylenol Murders in 1982. As Alli told me on Twitter, “Every tampering situation is different.” This is true. It’s unfair to compare Tylenol’s recall, which ended in a month, to this Alli recall for many reasons:

  • The 1982 tampering of Tylenol was contained in the Chicago area, whereas the tampered bottles of Alli were sold online and distributed across the country.
  • Alli is a much more expensive product to manufacture than Tylenol.
  • The Tylenol murders and recall happened in 1982. A lot has changed since then, in tampering laws and FDA regulations.

The biggest concern here should not be how quickly Alli can return to the shelves, but whether or not GSK is putting a safe product back on the shelves. This involves completely reformulating the drug to have more tamper-proof features, as well as redesigning the packaging. All conspiracy theories I have seen have been unfounded; GSK anticipates no increase in the price of Alli, and in order to correct this tampering situation, the company is already losing out on a lot of consumer dollars. I do not think a drug company wants to deprive consumers of one of its most popular OTC products.

So, what can you do while you wait? You can go to the doctor and get a prescription for Xenical. It contains the same active ingredient as Alli, but it is twice the strength. Before beginning any diet or exercise program, it is crucial to consult a physician, so at this point, this is the safest route to go.

6/17/14 UPDATE: I asked @myalli on Twitter if they were currently working on changing packaging to curb additional product tampering. This was their response:

There is still no estimate as to when Alli will be available. Currently, the only way to obtain Orlistat (the generic name for Alli) is to visit your physician and have it prescribed to you. Keep in mind prescription Orlistat has double the strength of Alli. Readers have informed me that, after being prescribed the drug by a physician, they have been able to get Orlistat at discounted prices from Canadian Pharmacies. You WILL have to visit a physician and get a prescription to order this product. Check the comments section for suggestions from other consumers, or add your own.

4/29/14 UPDATE: This is the origin of the recall as reported by The News Journal (Delaware Online): “GSK received calls from consumers in seven states about alli bottles that contained capsules and tablets that were not in fact alli, GSK said. Some bottles inside the outer carton were missing labels and had temper-evident seals that were not authentic, the firm said. The products were purchased in retail stores.”
@MyAlli reached out to me via Twitter and said if you think you have a product that is not authentic, please call GSK directly at (800) 671-2554. You can also call the number for any consumer concerns.
@MyAlli has reported on twitter that they “don’t have an estimated time period as to when alli will return.” Also, the website http://www.myalli.com has a 503 Service Unavailable Error right now. Hopefully this just means the site is down for maintenance. I have tweeted @MyAlli to ask them why the site is down. I’ll keep you posted as I get more news.
4/3/14 UPDATE: Citing product tampering, there is a voluntary recall of Alli products on the market. During this time, do NOT purchase anything called “Alli,” as counterfeiters have been known to take advantage of Alli’s 2012 ingredient shortage that caused a delay in product manufacturing. If you are purchasing Alli, make sure it is from a reputable retailer and NOT from an auction site or independent seller.

Glaxo SmithKline, the manufacturer of Alli in the U.S., issued this press release on 3/27/14: 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling all alli® weight loss products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers as the company believes that some packages of the product were tampered with and may contain product that is not authentic alli®. GSK is conducting an investigation and is working with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this retailer level recall.

GSK received inquiries from consumers in seven states about bottles of alli® that contained tablets and capsules that were not alli®. A range of tablets and capsules of various shapes and colors were reported to be found inside bottles. Additionally, some bottles inside the outer carton were missing labels and had tamper-evident seals that were not authentic. These tampered products were purchased in retail stores.

“Safety is our first priority and we are asking retailers and pharmacies to remove all alli®from their shelves immediately,” said Colin Mackenzie, President Consumer Healthcare North America. “We have posted a Consumer Alert on our website, www.myalli.com, and issued a News Release with information and photographs to help consumers determine if their alli® is authentic.”

alli® is a turquoise blue capsule with a dark blue band imprinted with the text “60 Orlistat”. It is packaged in a labeled bottle that has an inner foil seal imprinted with the words: “Sealed for Your Protection.” Consumers should confirm any alli® in their possession matches this description. Pictures of the product are available on our website: www.myalli.com.

Consumers who have product they are unsure or concerned about should not use it. Instead, they should call GSK promptly at 800-671-2554, and a representative will provide further instructions. If they have consumed questionable product, they should also contact their healthcare providers.

“We are committed to finding out what happened and to doing everything possible to prevent future issues with alli®,” said Mackenzie. “We regret any inconvenience caused by this retailer recall.”

I will keep you posted if anything changes. Alli reached out to me during the 2012 shortage and I plan to reach out to them in hopes that they’ll share news on the recall with me.

6/19/12 UPDATE: This was posted by Alli on its official Facebook page this morning: “Great news, we are excited to share that alli has shipped to store warehouses! We apologize for any inconvenience this supply issue has caused and you can rest assured that alli product is on its way back to your local retailer’s shelf. Our locator tool will be available soon to help you find alli in stores near you – so we can once again fight fat together.” The drug will not be reformulated and again, there was no recall. I will update this page as soon as Alli is available to purchase online. 

6/6 UPDATE: I’ve gotten reports that Alli is planning to make shipments to all retailers by the end of the month. 

5/13 UPDATE: Alli has NOT been Recalled. Read below for why you can’t find it. The Food and Drug Administration keeps a list of all product recalls in the U.S., and Alli is not in their database. For information on all FDA recalls, visit the searchable FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Database.

5/7 UPDATE: Alli is reporting on its Facebook page that they expect the drug to return in late June. Details below. 

4/4 UPDATE:  Alli contacted me on Twitter and said they expect the product to return to shelves in June 2012. Details below.

3/15: UPDATE with response from Alli, and 4/1 UPDATE with an alert on past and potential counterfeit sales. Details are in bold below.

If you use the over-the-counter drug Alli as part of your diet, exercise and weight-loss plan, you may have recognized that the drug has been missing from store shelves and online retailers for the past few weeks.

Why has it gone missing from the shelves? Simple – ingredient shortage.

Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline issued the following statement on the Alli web site’s Buy Alli section:

GSK, the manufacturer of alli, is experiencing a supply shortage of the active ingredient used in alli. The alli team is working diligently to resolve the issue and apologize for any inconvenience this supply shortage may cause our consumers. Consumers should continue to adhere to the recommended diet and physical activity routine, which are the cornerstone of any weight loss program, and continue using alli once it is available.

FYI: The “active ingredient” in Alli is Orlistat, which is also the active ingredient in Prescription weight-loss drug Xenical. The Xenical manufacturer Roche issued this statement on its Club New You web site:

Our Florence Manufacturing Plant in the United States manufactures certain ingredients used in the products of Roche, including XENICAL® (orlistat). Just lately the Plant has encountered manufacturing problems, causing deficiencies in the supply of our products, including XENICAL®.   This will lead to shortage of supply of this product.

Drugstore.com lists the product as unavailable at this time, after estimating an April 16 availability date.I initially posted the April date upon Drugstore’s estimate.Alli contacted me on Twitter and said the company cannot confirm an April 16 shipping date:

@bellesouth – Thanks for spreading this info! However, we can’t verify Apr. 16 as a shipping date. Pls call with questions: 1-800-671-2554 

Alli also told me they’d let me know as soon as the drug was available. No word on the availability of Xenical, but it is safe to assume that these products will both be available as soon as the Orlistat ordeal is taken care of.

Meanwhile, diet and exercise still work, and consult with your physician before beginning any weight-loss or exercise program. (Update 4/1: Please be careful before purchasing Alli through auction sites or independent-seller Marketplaces. GSK has had trouble with the sale of counterfeit Alli in the past, so beware of scam artists taking advantage of the shortage.)

Update 4/4: Alli contacted me again on Twitter with this message:

@bellesouth – We thought you may be interested, alli should be returning to shelves in June. More info on FB:http://www.facebook.com/myalli

Update 5/7: alli is notifying customers on its Facebook page that the drug is expected to return in late June. Here’s what they’re telling customers on Facebook:

unfortunately GSK, the manufacturer of alli, is experiencing a supply shortage of the active ingredient used in alli. The team has been working diligently to resolve the issue, and alli capsules are expected to be back in stores by the end of June. We apologize for the inconvenience this shortage may have caused you. During this time, we recommend you continue to follow your myalli plan to help you stay on track. If you have any further concerns please call us: 1-800-671-2554, M-F 9am – 4:30pm ET.

I have read a lot of ‘conspiracies’ from those who think GSK is doing this on purpose, but other pharmaceutical companies across the world, including those that sell the drug as prescription Xenical, are experiencing the same shortage. Again, diet and exercise still work.

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  • mswes March 25, 2012, 7:26 pm

    I actually found 2 refill packs today at my regular Grocery Store,,,,,,,,,,,,, so I am good to go for awhile :-)

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      March 25, 2012, 10:45 pm

      Good! I was just at Walgreens and didn’t even think to check. But Alli said they will let me know as soon as they have any updates.

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    • Dan June 25, 2012, 4:02 am

      Does anyone know when this is back in the United Kingdom? :(

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  • Bunken March 26, 2012, 9:43 am

    You can order all you want on Ebay or Amazon.com. If you don’t mind paying at least double the normal cost or more. No shortage on the “black market” apparently…

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  • Does It Matter March 27, 2012, 2:14 pm

    According to GlaxoSmithKline, there’s an ingredients shortage and there’s no timeline on the products reemergence. The product has not been recalled.

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      March 27, 2012, 2:19 pm

      Hi! That’s what I wrote in my post; I didn’t mention anything about a recall.

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  • Donald C. Smith April 21, 2012, 11:10 am

    Alli works to an extent, but I am actually glad to be without it. I can do it all myself by just reading food labels and avoiding fats. The drug is fairly expensive and has some side effects that I don’t miss at all. I am better off without it and will not be using it again now that I am used to being without it. I really don’t believe that the shortage actually had to happen and that there were other factors involved that they are not mentioning. It just does not make sense. Besides what kind of company pulls the rug out from underneath a customer who is loyally using their product?

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      April 21, 2012, 11:37 am

      I’d agree with you if it was just one company… but it’s all drug companies that sell Orlistat that can’t get to the drug. GSK isn’t the only company involved here.

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    • K May 17, 2012, 2:45 pm

      There is currently a drug shortage for all pharmacies, for many different drugs. They recently started enforcing a law against accepting certain ingredients from China. This occurred without warning. So you may also be experiencing drug shortages with multiple medications.

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      • Bellesouth
        Twitter:
        May 17, 2012, 11:21 pm

        Thanks for helping set the record straight with my commenters, K! :)

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    • Ben June 20, 2012, 12:41 pm

      Good for you for deciding to stop taking this drug. Diet and exercise work – we don’t need to put these artificial chemicals in our body! Losing weight and improving health and fitness take a conscious choice to make a LIFESTYLE change. You don’t need this crutch! You can do it naturally and sensibly. Kudos to all of us who are making the best choice for our long-term health!

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  • cmichaelsny May 8, 2012, 3:27 am

    If you don’t mind paying at least double the normal cost or more.. Looks like it will be back eventually, but may take a month or so.
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  • Tracey Green May 13, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I asked for Alli at Kroger and was told that it was recalled and pulled from the shelves. Wonder what’s up?

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    • Bellesouth
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      May 13, 2012, 1:46 pm

      They were wrong! I promise! It’s an ingredient shortage.

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    • K May 17, 2012, 2:47 pm

      No recall. There is a drug shortage affecting many different medications due to them enforcing a law against using certain ingredients made in China. This is not just affecting alli, but many other prescription drugs.

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      • Bellesouth
        Twitter:
        May 17, 2012, 11:21 pm

        It’s really hard to see comments on this post from people who assume there’s a recall. You should see the search results that lead to this page! That’s very interesting about the ingredients from China. I’d love a link to an article if you have one!

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        • K May 18, 2012, 7:05 am

          I volunteer at a pharmacy. We are unable to fill a lot of prescriptions because of this and a lot of our patients are complaining. We try to explain the situation to them, but they don’t always understand. The shortage with prescription drugs happened at about the same time Alli became scarce. So i imagine it is the same thing, since the Orlistat (the main ingredient in Alli) is also the main ingredient in the prescription drug Xenacol.

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          • Bellesouth
            Twitter:
            May 19, 2012, 2:14 am

            In a world in which you don’t know who to trust, it can be a very trying experience. I really appreciate your added insight!

  • nf_in_mi June 9, 2012, 9:22 am

    I understand having an ingredient shortage and maybe being late with shipments, but really whats it been now – something like 6 MONTHS??? How can they just say it’s an ingredient shortage for that amount of time? Exactly where does the active ingredient come from? Something doesn’t sound right, maybe i am just not reading the right information. Can someone fill me in?

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      June 9, 2012, 11:00 am

      The active ingredient is Orlistat, and the shortage isn’t just happening with Alli but all over the world and with other drug companies. If someone says they have Alli it is counterfeit. Also, it hasn’t been six months. It just seems like it. I don’t represent any drug company so if you have a customer complaint you should talk to them directly. I’ve given lots of contact info in this post.

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      • Joan June 12, 2012, 12:54 pm

        Orlistat is not the ingredient, it is the generic name for Alli. The question is, what component used to create orlistat is missing? And why does it not seem to be missing from Canadian pharmacy supplies? Also, if Alli will be available at the end of June I would think GSK would be in production now. Why do they not tell their consumers this? Either they are in production or not. Not a hard question. I think GSK has handled this situation poorly.

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        • Bellesouth
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          June 12, 2012, 1:05 pm

          They have told their consumers this. I quoted an official statement that they’d be shipping to retailers in June. And yes, the active ingredient in Alli is Orlistat. That’s what it’s called, and yes, it is also the generic name of the drug. http://www.livestrong.com/article/67449-ingredients-alli/

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          • Joan June 12, 2012, 1:25 pm

            Thanks for the clarification. Great info site BTW!

          • Bellesouth
            Twitter:
            June 12, 2012, 1:37 pm

            Thanks! I know it’s been really frustrating for a lot of consumers; I wrote and started updating this post because I couldn’t find ANYWHERE online about what was really going on. I knew there would be plenty of other people who had the same question, so I’ve spent the past few months investigating, researching and trying to fit the puzzle pieces together.

            As far as the Canadian pharmacy thing is concerned, I’m not sure if it’s a customs issue or what. But I do know there are reports of counterfeit Alli being manufactured, and the FDA issued a warning about it about a year ago. I’ve purchased other drugs from Canadian pharmacies with no problems; I’d say just be careful where you’re buying from and make sure you’re buying from a place that’s reputable. For instance, if they offer online consultations with physicians, run away!

  • joyce
    Twitter:
    June 19, 2012, 2:39 am

    how do i tell which are fake xenical there are web sites saying order from canada?

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      June 19, 2012, 12:57 pm

      There’s no way to tell. But with GSK announcing today that Alli has been shipped to store warehouses, you may be able to get Xenical soon.

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  • Jayne
    Twitter:
    June 20, 2012, 5:36 am

    Hi there does this mean orlistat 120mg will also be back I really hope so

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      June 20, 2012, 11:58 am

      Not certain. I have been focusing mainly on Alli since it’s sold in the U.S. For whatever reason, you still can’t get generic Orlistat here in the states. But hopefully it will be available to you soon!

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  • leashaknight June 20, 2012, 6:23 pm

    Please if you have the incite, WHEN in June will it be available? I have a coupon that expires on June 30. I check all the stores often and have been upset to see that they have taken down the product name (on the bottom of the selves) where the product should be replaced.

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      June 20, 2012, 6:34 pm

      I do not know; if I did, I would share it. Now that it’s been shipped to store warehouses it’s up to the individual stores to determine when it will be on the shelves. I suggest you ask your store managers.

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      • Kris June 21, 2012, 1:10 pm

        I found it today at Walmart.com

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    • pamela June 22, 2012, 7:05 pm

      Go to drugstore.com. you can get it shipped the same day and also get $10 off and free shipping.

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      • Bellesouth
        Twitter:
        June 22, 2012, 7:25 pm

        Thanks for the update, Pamela!!! I’ve updated it!! I’m an affiliate for drugstore so I’d appreciate it if you sent anyone my way! I’ve been working very hard to update people on the shortage for the past few months.

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        • pamela June 22, 2012, 7:27 pm

          Of course I will! I never would have known that it was back on the market without your brilliant updates so thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • akilah August 6, 2012, 12:45 pm

          hi im from england would i be able to buy alli from drugstore.com and get it sent to england manchester?

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          • Bellesouth
            Twitter:
            August 6, 2012, 4:37 pm

            No.

          • leashaknight August 7, 2012, 10:09 am

            please keep me updated. I did purchase Alli from this site before it arrived in my local stores. I am almost out, and wondering if I will get a better deal from your site or my local pharmacy. Please respond with an offer.

          • Bellesouth
            Twitter:
            August 7, 2012, 10:58 pm

            I am seeing Alli in the 120-ct refill for $63.99. Because it’s more than $25 you get free shipping, and you’ll get 5% of your order back in drugstore.com dollars that you can use on the site. Here’s the offer I have: Alli Weight Loss Aid Refill, 120 ea

  • Allan Keston
    Twitter:
    July 13, 2012, 4:54 pm

    Sorry Folks but F*** Orlistat, some facts – any fat consumed during foods is reduced by 1/3 when taking Orlistat, if you have a diet with no fat then taking Orlistat is pointless and is even recommended to be omitted from that meal.
    I was led to believe that if you keep to a low fat diet Orlistat then goes to work on the fat around your body, well it does not touch that -never, what a damn con?
    I have been working hard to have say 2 meals a day with no fat and i was taking Orlistat to hope it would reduce my body fat. Orlistat only works on the fat you eat in each meal and then it takes away only 1/3. Existing body fat which is what we are all fighting is not TOUCHED BY ORLISTAT WHATSOEVER so basically if committed properly to a low fat diet , Orlistat will do nothing to assist you.
    What a F****** con. Allan K

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      July 13, 2012, 5:58 pm

      This is obvious if you actually read the drug information. A booklet comes with every package of Alli that specifically states it will not remove the fat currently existing on your body. Not a con, just read the info on the drug before you take it.

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    • Rosie July 17, 2012, 3:35 pm

      I beg to differ… With a healthy diet, light exercise and use of this drug, I lost six stone within a year.

      The adverse side effects (you all know what I am referring to) encouraged me to eat more healthily than I already was. What I had struggled with up until I used this drug was to burn the body fat as I am physically unable to do a lot of exercise.

      My body seems to cling to fats in foods, my diet is not poor but these pills are amazing! But you do have to eat healthily and exercise with them – It states that in the leaflet!

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  • none May 12, 2014, 11:36 am

    While the circumstances are different, yet again the company has failed to state on their website that they don’t know when the product will be available again. After some safety questions, isn’t that one of the first questions they would have to exepect?

    They did the same thing last time there was an issue. Even if they really don’t know when the product will be available again, why not say that in the initial release? That is just common sense. Were there no lessons learned from 2 years ago?

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    • Bellesouth
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      May 12, 2014, 1:58 pm

      I don’t see any reason to state that they are unsure when the product will be available – the main word they want to get out is that the product has been recalled. For all we know there may be federal regulations as to when they can make an official statement about product availability. I am unsure. But I know that it is going to take a very long time while the company works to make sure everyone knows about the counterfeiting, that the pills are made to look differently and have more tamper-proof features, and that the product labeling and tamper-proof packaging are completely redesigned, created and ready to be shipped out. I don’t work for the company; I’ve never worked for a pharmaceutical company, but I do know they have to adhere to some pretty strict guidelines, particularly concerning the FDA recall process. Meanwhile, you can always call the toll-free number I listed to voice your complaint about Alli not going far enough to inform its consumers. I wish I had the best answer for this!

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      • pam May 12, 2014, 3:12 pm

        U can get a prescription from your dr for xenecal or orlistat and order it from a Canadian website. you get twice the dosage and it’s cheaper

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        • Bellesouth
          Twitter:
          May 12, 2014, 3:22 pm

          That’s a very good point! Thanks, Pam!

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          • xaniver June 3, 2014, 1:14 pm

            Has anyone noticed that this recall is following a very similar timeline to the 2012 shortage. Obviously Xenical is still available but the annoucement date and timeline seem to be very similar thus far.

          • Bellesouth
            Twitter:
            June 3, 2014, 6:07 pm

            Yep!

  • corina chase June 9, 2014, 7:45 am

    How can I be notified when I can find Alli in my area

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    • Bellesouth
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      June 9, 2014, 1:20 pm

      Not that I know of. If I find out, I’ll add it to this page.

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    • pam June 9, 2014, 5:43 pm

      I got a prescription from my dr for orlistat which is twice the mgs of alli – 120 mgs and ordered the pills from a Canadian pharmacy. I got 4 months supply for $165 and it works excellent!!

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  • Toni June 25, 2014, 12:31 am

    http://trinitynews.ie/alli-is-not-your-ally/

    Have you seen this? It wasn’t just tampering. It was contamination as well.

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  • Mika June 29, 2014, 6:40 pm

    thanks a lot for your posts, i visit your page regularly. Alas, i have been paying the extremely high prices for Orlistat on ebay. i didn’t know the pharmacies had the generic Orlistat. i called walgreens, they don’t have it but i went online to look for it (canadian pharmacies etc), they all carry it in 120mg and 60mg…so what makes you say the generic only comes in 120 mg? just curious… thank you !

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      June 29, 2014, 6:57 pm

      That’s some good information! I said so because, historically, the prescription version of Orlistat has been 120mg. Also, there are comments in this post from others who have purchased Orlistat and say it comes in the quantities.

      Be careful what you buy on eBay!!! I suspect a lot of people will be taking advantage of the known shortage, so you don’t know what you’re getting.

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  • pam June 29, 2014, 7:45 pm

    I JUST GOT my second prescription of 120 mg orlistat from planet drugs. ?.It came in two days from England… excellent
    company

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    • Bellesouth
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      June 29, 2014, 9:42 pm

      Good to see you again, Pam! I still remember you from the 2012 shortage! That’s great news. Thanks for the info!

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  • Kathleen Ramsey August 4, 2014, 5:52 pm

    When will Alli be back on market?

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      August 4, 2014, 5:57 pm

      As this post mentions quite a few times at the top, they don’t yet know.

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  • SDS October 2, 2014, 7:55 pm

    Will Alli ever come back?

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  • Amonte October 18, 2014, 11:06 pm

    Hi Pam, I’ve never ordered a prescription from England (or Canada). Could you walk me thru the details, address, do you mail the script? Etc. thanks in advance! Amonte

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  • Sofia October 20, 2014, 11:00 am

    Alli is missing in Portugal as well. Strangely, today, my myalli webpage is gone missing and Twitter hasn’t been updated for months now. Is this the end of alli?? :(

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    • Bellesouth
      Twitter:
      October 20, 2014, 11:24 am

      I just looked at the twitter feed and it was last updated October 10. They said they anticipate a return in the first half of 2015.

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  • Toni October 20, 2014, 12:18 pm

    I don’t think there is a big conspiracy, but I also do not think the return of Alli to shelves is purely to change packaging either.

    Also, GSK has been heavily divesting their OTC drugs since 2012 – the same year they announced they were shopping Alli to sell it and the same year as another Alli recall.

    GSK is dumping their OTC products – albeit for market prices – but still dumping. The handling of this situation in a PR sense has been absolutely horrid. Yes, numbers and emails were given but information was not given. It was the same canned answer for months.

    So, no conspiracy, but definitely not just tampering, in my opinion.

    As an aside, Xenical isn’t covered by most insurance companies and runs between $400-500 to pay for outright.

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    • Pamela October 20, 2014, 12:56 pm

      Hi
      I just received an email from the makers of Alli as well and they said it will return to shelves the first part of 2015. In the meantime I’ve been getting orlistat with a prescription from http://www.planetdrugs.com and you get 275 pills for $180.00. I think its cheaper for your first time maybe around $165. They are excellent and mail the orlistat before you pay them and it comes in about a week. I highly recommend them. Plus the orlistat is twice the mgs of Alli.

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      • pamela October 20, 2014, 12:58 pm

        Here is the email they sent me:
        Ref: CASE-01061172

        Dear Ms. Elliott,

        Thank you for your e-mail message regarding alli® Weight Loss Aid.
        We are grateful for the continued outpouring of support from our alli® brand users, and the great interest to learn when it will return to shelf.

        We are happy to announce that we plan to return the alli® brand to market in the US and Puerto Rico in the first half of 2015, and we will share more details as soon as we confirm specific dates with our retail partners.

        As a result of the product tampering and retail level recall that occurred this past March, the new supply of alli® product will have additional tamper-evident features. We also continue to support the Food & Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations on their tampering investigation.

        For more information on alli® (orlistat 60mg capsule), including details of the consumer alert and retail recall, please visit http://www.myalli.com.

        We apologize for the inconvenience of this situation, and look forward to making the alli® brand available again in the new year.

        Sincerely,

        Shari
        Customer Service Representative
        Consumer Relations

        GSK
        1000 GSK Drive, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, 15108, United States

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    • Bellesouth
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      October 20, 2014, 5:01 pm

      I suggested in an earlier update that folks order generic Orlistat from a Canadian pharmacy. It’s about 1/4 the cost, and Pamela, another follower, has reported on her experience with that.

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      • Toni October 20, 2014, 5:05 pm

        Yes! I forgot to mention that. I have ordered twice from PlanetDrugsDirect. I am happy with my experience there. :)

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