Our expert says:
I hear what you are saying, but what is also a consideration is that in 48 years, no other human trials have been conducted to test if Hoodia does actually suppress appetite and cause weightloss and if it has any negative side-effects or not. The whole world is waiting for a solution to overweight, so one would expect any pharmaceutical company to carry out the required research ASAP and get the product on the market. That 3 major players in the field, Phytopharm, Pfizer and now Unilever have not done so, seems to indicate that there is a problem with the compound and not necessarily just pharmaceutical politics at play. The fact that slimming pill manufacturers are selling products purported to contain Hoodia without knowing if the compounds in this plant extract are effective or safe, is also scary. I would also imagine that after 48 years one of the players would already have manipulated the HgPE molecule and made a killing on the slimming pill market.
For the sake of the San and all the people of the world who want and need to lose weight, I for one would welcome the development of an effective slimming pill which is also safe and proven.
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