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31 August 2010

OTC diet pill as effective as placebo

New research shows that over-the-counter slimming pill ingredients have no more effect that placebo pills.

I was interested to read an article published in the August edition of the Medical Chronicle, that papers presented at the XI International Congress on Obesity, that was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in July 2010, showed that over-the-counter (OTC) slimming pill ingredients have no more effect that placebo pills.

According to Dr Igho Onakpoya, at the Peninsula Medical School of the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the UK, who published the results of one of the above mentioned studies, sales of the unregulated slimming industry globally exceed $13 billion. In Western Europe, more than £900 million are spent on OTC weightloss products by desperate individuals trying to lose weight.

 
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